Interview withGabriella Follin, Ergonomist
How do u work with posture-related questions and to improve the awareness about posture as a health issue?
Conversation about attitude when visiting the employee’s workplace. I give guidance advice both for a good sitting and standing posture in order to counteract adverse strains on the body. One advice may be that you should aim upward as if a balloon lifts you in the hair. The chin and the stomach are then pulled in automatically and you can easily find the straight line in between ear, shoulder and hip.
How is the brain / body affected by good / bad postures?
Getting used to a bad posture means that the body and brain learn that this is normal. Everything else is strange and hard to understand. You may then need help with posture correction and muscle strengthening exercises to get used to a good posture pattern. Your body is affected a lot by your posture. A bad posture can adversely affect joints, muscles and nerve structures, but also on internal organs that do not get enough space if you sink.
Is every day training important? Why?
If you work out to maintain a good posture daily, you reduce the risk of having a bad posture and back problems as older. You maintain your length better and reduce the risk of sting-related problems. Further, regular exercise of the muscles makes you more persistent to maintain a good posture.
Can everyone improve their posture?
With the right advice and tools, everyone can significantly improve their attitude. Then there is also motivation and a little stubbornness
Do you have exercise tips to improve posture?
Row with a Workout band, an easy-to-understand exercise and easy to do even at work because you do not need any big tools. Let the band hang visibly so you’re reminded! This exercise strengthens the muscles between the shoulder blades, a muscle that is passive when you sink together in front of the computer. A cohesive posture often also creates tight breast muscles. Therefore, it is good to stretch these by standing in a door frame with one arm supported and then hanging forward.
If you have a sitting job, tip the seat so that your pelvis becomes slightly forward angled. In this position, both the back and neck are easier to fall into a better posture. Strive for a moving sitting so that your joints and muscles get circulation and no longer than 30 minutes in length.
Name: Gabriella Follin
Education and Occupation:
Leg. Physiotherapist and Ergonomics
Country / City: Båstad, Sweden
Hobby: Singing and physical & mental training
What is your main target group?
Patients or employees who have or risk ill health due to physical or psychological imbalance.
Why is good posture important?
With a good posture we can counteract the negative impact of gravity on our body. We maintain strong muscles and reduce the risk of future stress disorder in the back, neck and shoulders. We also create the conditions for a good breathing pattern that could easily be locked and shallow. A good posture also provides a trustworthy and stable impression on other people.
Who has problems with bad posture?
People who work administratively and with computers all day may have problems sinking forward. Young people are another group who needs to be reminded of their posture. Periodically they grow fast and the brain and muscles may not really be part of the rapid change. Combined with a lot of time in front of different kinds of screens, there is a risk that an abnormal and unfavorable posture pattern will be gained. Tall people who think they stick out with their length tend to sink into a bad posture. Over-flexible people often hang back in their knees when standing. This behavior spreads upwards and back which also end up in passive positions where the joints are impaired.
Should people train their posture at work or in their free time?
Absolutely! The more exercise the better. A person with a bad posture needs to be reminded to correct it over and over again.
Should time in front of mobile and computer be limited?
A good idea, but even better, use education at school about the risks of excessive use.
Interview withEle Bray, Physiotherapist
-Why is good posture important? The majority of neck and shoulder patients that we see are due to bad posture. Posture affects work, commuting, hobbies and home life
How do you work with posture related questions and to improve the consciousness about posture as a health issue? Education, feedback, strengthening exercises and pilates
How is the brain/body affected by good/bad posture?
Good posture: Increased circulation, improved muscle function, improved movement patterning, less pain
Bad posture: Muscle dysfunction, pain and injury
Name: Ele Bray
Education and Occupation: Physiotherapist
Country/City: Essex, England
Hobby: Running, Yoga
What is your mainly target group? All areas, we treat children, sports injuries, older people, chronic pain
Who has problems with bad posture?
People who don’t move! Sit for long periods of time
Should people train their posture at work or in their free time? Both
Should time in front of mobile and computer be limited? Yes, but is not possible in many jobs
Is everyday training important? Why? Little and often will help retrain the muscles and switch the correct ones on
Can everyone improve their posture? Pretty much, yes
Comments byDr. Christoph Gekle
Name: Christoph Gekle
Education and Occupation: Shoulder and Orthopedic Surgeon
Country/City: Wuppertal, Germany
I can warmly recommend the posture devices for anybody with backache in sitting activities and unhealthy posture. We also use it in shoulder patients with impingement syndrome to prevent surgery. We as a team use it during work and sports for better core stability and it makes a difference.
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