If you sit at the computer or stand in the same spot on an assembly line all day, read on. Staying in the same pose or posture for long periods of time is called static posture and predictably, this is not good for your body. It can start you on the road of injury progression…
- Static posture slows blood supply to your body.
- Without adequate blood supply, your muscles can’t obtain oxygen and nutrients and flush out waste products such as lactic acid as effectively.
- Your muscles start to cramp and discomfort ensues.
- If you ignore the discomfort, pain and inflammation starts.
- If you ignore the pain, tingling and loss of feeling may start.
- If you ignore all these symptoms, you can start to lose function of the body part, e.g. you may not be able to straighten your elbow fully or lift things as well if you ignore elbow pain.
It’s important to take regular breaks throughout the day. You don’t have to stick with the regular routine of morning break, lunch break, afternoon break. Often taking a 5-minute break every hours is more effective. If this is not available to you, make the most of your breaks by moving, stretching, walking or doing any other type of movements that gets the blood moving again. Don’t forget the general rule – no more than 30 minutes without shifting in your seat or adjusting your standing posture, and no more than an hour without a major change in body position, e.g. get up and walk if you are sitting, sit down if you are standing.