Can bad posture make me sick?

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And it’s not just the workers, if you’re a student you’re also at risk

One of the main reasons for back, shoulder and neck injuries is an incorrect posture when lifting heavy objects and using chairs, desks, and computers for long hours regardless of the principles of ergonomics.


And what is ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the science dedicated to design workspaces in such a way that it accommodates human needs and warns or decreases the development of injuries. To avoid injuries and illnesses, you need to know how you can protect yourself in your workplace, at school, and at home.


Do you use a computer?

  • Make sure the monitor screen is at your eye level.
  • If you answer the phone while writing on the computer, use an ear or headphone to avoid neck strain.
  • The keyboard must be level with your elbows, and the wrists must rest on a pad in front of the keyboard.
  • Use a document holder to avoid eye and neck fatigue.
  • Also, make sure the chair you use gives your back the necessary support


Lift objects with care

  • Estimate the load weight and lift the object near your body. Otherwise, back muscles and ligament will tense, and the pressure on the vertebral discs increases.
  • When lifting something heavy, separate your feet to maintain good balance and use the muscles in your legs to make the most of them.


The backpacks and your back

  • If you use a backpack, make sure it’s not too heavy. Excessive weight can cause pain and injuries to the shoulders, neck and back.
  • Load it using both shoulder straps, carrying it on one shoulder can cause scoliosis, because you have to lean the other way to compensate for the weight.


Chiropractic, allied against pain

If despite taking the necessary care you feel discomfort and pain in your back, shoulders or neck, chiropractic may help.

Chiropractic care is a way to diagnose and treat health problems that affect your body’s nerves, muscles, bones, and joints

Manual spinal adjustments, called spinal manipulation, are the basis of chiropractic care. Most chiropractors also use other types of treatments such as massages and other adjustments.

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