*BodyWorks610 was formed in October of 2011. Although we are a newcompany, together we have had over 35 years of experience sitting at acomputer, with improper posture. We have both experienced the backand neck pain associated with improper posture and extensive computerwork. We realized there was a need for this type of businees when wewent to our employer for help. Little did we know this would becomeour new passion. You see, there isnt another business out there like us.We will make housecalls to your business and help your employees helpthemselves. We have teamed up with world renownedChiropractors, leading Ergonomics professors and fitness experts to thestars, to provide you and your business an avenue to good health.Healthy employees are happy employees!
*We conducted a survey with eight questions asking college students about35% sat at a computer for 5-7 hours a day22.5% spend 11 or more hours a day at their computer42% suffer from both neck and back pain82.5% are aware of the effects of improper posture BUT ...Only 35% use proper postureWhen given the opportunity to explain proper posture, most people provided correctelements of proper posture but only 35% actually use proper posture while at thecomputer.When it comes to relieving neck or back pain 47.2% use stretches30.6% use exercises13.9% use chiropractic services25% use a combination of chiropractor, exercises and stretchesOver 50% of the survey participants said their employers do nothing to assist theprevention of computer related injuries.
*Back pain is a common thing among Americans, especially those that have a job where they are sitting at a computerfor eight hours a day. Most people do not use proper posture while sitting at a computer and even if they do useproper posture they are still sitting in the same place for many hours. Poor posture causes the spine to misaligncausing increased stress of the back muscles, ligaments, discs and joints. Sitting all day with proper posture can bejust as harmful if you do not give yourself constant breaks. When you sit your muscles do not contract. This includesthe larger muscles in your body including your back. These muscles can then become weak, stiff and painful.Many injuries that can be caused by improper posture while using computers include:• “Computer Back” is caused by prolonged sitting at computers. Signs of “Computer Back” include excessive curving of the lower, middle and upper back. Side effects include headaches, muscle tension, strains, joint dysfunction, and impaired breathing.• Lumbar strains and sprains are caused by prolonged and faulty sitting positions. Side effects include muscle spasms, swelling and pain while moving.• Herniated discs are a common injury of improper posture. A day of sitting puts pressure on the spine and a disc can come out of place. Discs are the shock absorbers of the body and get worn down by the uneven pressure while sitting with improper posture. Signs of herniated discs include leg and foot pain, weakness and difficulties walking. Herniated discs can become so sever that a person could become immovable. Medications, physical therapy and surgery may be needed to correct a herniated disc.• Repetitive stress injuries are caused by doing the same harmful motions everyday and the body does not have a chance to rebuild the damaged tissue.• Pinched nerves are when the tissue around a nerve become inflamed and is very painful.
*For such a small area of the body the neck contains bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves.Although you back may take a brunt of the stress while working at a computer your neck isvulnerable as well. Pains in the neck area are usually caused by an inflamed muscles, nerveor ligament. Pain can also be caused by a wear down in cartilage or fusing of bones fromconstantly having your neck in an uncomfortable position.Common complaints that accompany neck pain include muscle spasms, sharp neck or chestpain, radiating pain down an arm, and numbness or weakness in shoulders, elbows orhands. Headaches can become common with neck pain, because if an artery is pinched theheart is not able to deliver enough blood to the brain. Improper neck posture caneventually lead to arthritis.When many people are looking at a computer screen they tend to stretch their necksforward or bend them to see. This is commonly known as forward head carriage can causepain because the neck is being extended forward and is no longer centered on your body.This causes the curvature of the neck to become flattened or straight making properposture more difficult. Over time this can cause pain even when you are not at work.
*So you have to work right? So make your workstation as comfortable as you can. At the endof the day you will have minimal neck pain, and stiffness. Here are some key points formaintaining a no neck pain zone:• Your chair: Make sure you have a ergonomic chair that has a good back support and neck support. Look for a thick padded seat, padded and adjustable arms, built in lumbar support, dual wheel casters so you can move around easily, pneumatic seat- height adjustment, ability to tilt the chair seat• Your viewing distance: Make sure your viewing distance is 12-28 inches from the computer screen. Then you are not straining your neck muscles to see what you are typing• Computer Screen Position: Make sure the top of the computer screen is slightly below eye level when you are sitting comfortably. Having a computer screen that is too low can put a lot of stress on your neck muscles contributing to strain and stiffness. Also tilt the computer screen slightly backwards. For most people their most comfortable neck position is when their normal line of sight is about 15 to 20 degrees below horizontal.• Computer Screen Angle: The angle of the computer screen should be 10- 20 degrees• Keyboard height: The height of the keyboard should be 23-28 inches from the floor surface.• Leg Position: Your thighs should be horizontal.