Is Technology Taking Your Posture Back to the Stone Age?

Poor PostureMost of us in the United States work at a desk, staring at some type of screen.  Whether in an office and seated or behind a desk and standing, this immobility takes a toll on the body.  Most office desks and chairs are not ergonomically correct and staring down at your computer can hurt the neck.  We all know how the “knee bone is connected to the thigh bone,” so if you strain your neck, there goes your whole body alignment.  Also, when a person slouches, it puts pressure on the internal organs.  For example, people with forward head posture put stress on the jaw and breathing muscles often causing tension headaches. Poor posture may also effect digestion, promote constipation and cause herniation.  Proper alignment can do much to help enhance your comfort and health. Although poor posture may take time to fix, it is worth the effort.

Some immediate relief fixes include strategies to get you moving and away from your desk.  Set a quiet alarm to go off every hour or ninety minutes.  When this alarm sounds, force yourself to take a short break.  Stand up and stretch.  If you’re already standing, walk around for a full minute.  Empty your trash, grab some water to rehydrate yourself, walk to the restroom to wash your hands or take a quick walk around your building.

To properly enhance your posture, medical massage is key.  An assessment by a medical massage therapist can identify imbalanced, weak and overworked muscles.  Massaging the overworked muscles can relax them and help the body find its proper, pain-free alignment.  With proper, personalized therapy and assigned exercises done in the home, you can correct and maintain proper posture.  So step out of the technology cave, stand upright and reap the benefits of proper posture.

Visit us at or call 818-345-0600 for an appointment to begin improving your posture today!

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About the author 

Ani Papazyan

Ani is a pain relief specialist and an educator. She utilizes advanced pain relief manual therapy techniques, functional nutrition, genetics, and education to help people overcome pain and do what they love.