March 31, 2012
When it came time to replace our vehicle, one of the many deciding factors had to do with the ability to position the driver’s seat.
For many years, I was a loyal fan of a particular make of car. I liked that this reliable, well-designed, fuel-efficient brand held its value. Today, that is still true. However, there is one thing that prevented me from making this my current car of choice. It’s the seat position, or rather the lack of a particular seat position.
I want to be able to adjust my seat so that I sit up straight, pretty much at ninety degrees, to avoid the detrimental anterior head forward position.
As you can see by my illustration, your head may be forced into the anterior head forward position. If you’re in the car for any length of time, this can create problems for you.
March 29, 2012
Be sure to practise good ergonomics when you sit down to work or play at the computer.
Here are some things to consider:
- find a chair that provides you with good support
- you may wish to consider the fabric – some are more breathable than others
- sit up comfortably straight
- note how your head is positioned in relation to your neck and shoulders
- consider using a footstool
- adjust your computer screen
- be patient – it may take you several attempts at repositioning until you feel like Goldilocks – just right!
Do you have any computer/posture tips to share?
March 1, 2012
Are you sitting at your desk reading this? How is your posture? Are you slumped, slouched or slanted?
What about your head? Since it was impossible to call up Leonardo’s spirit to assist me in drawing, you’ll have to make do with my attempts to portray the not-so-nice anterior head forward position. (Read below for things you can do to prevent/correct this.)
- Develop awareness about how you are sitting.
- Remember that reinforcing this posture can lead to pain and degeneration.
- Strengthen your core so that you can sit straighter for longer.
- Use Ctrl +++ to enlarge the print on your screen.
- Get up from your computer on a regular basis.
- While you are realigning your seating position, you may as well work on your breathing.
- If your head has been hanging like a hat on a hook, be patient with yourself as you cultivate your new habit.