Sitting at our desks day in and day out can wreak havoc on our bodies.
Our bodies were meant to move – not sit for extended periods of time. But for most of us, working in an office environment leaves us little choice in the matter. In addition, nearly every evolutionary advancement we have made over the years has caused us to be able to “do” more but move less. The number of people experiencing neck and back problems, repetitive strain injuries and other such ailments is on the rise, but as a nation we are moving less. What gives?
With more and more workers in the office staring at a computer screen each day, bad posture in the workplace is often to blame.
As a Licensed Massage Therapist who specializes in posture correction, I am personally seeing more and more people all the time with strain injuries linked to the workplace.
I have even heard of cases of ’email apnea’ are on the rise, where office workers begin to forget to blink, and even breathe, as they sit hunched before their computer transfixed on the screen, sifting through one email after another.
That’s not all. I have also heard people tell me they suffer from ‘mouse shoulder’. Huh? Being described as a modern epidemic, mouse shoulder is said to develop from repeated or prolonged computer mouse usage. No matter what you want to call it, putting repetitive strain on a certain area of the body in addition to being sedentary most of the day is never going to make us feel good or allow our bodies to function properly.
Take a look around your office, what do you see? I’m guessing that you see very few people actually sitting with their back against the back of their chair. Am I right? The truth is many people lean forward toward their computers, without realizing that for every inch your cheekbone is in front of your chest it is putting an unnecessary amount pressure on your neck and shoulder muscles that our bodies were not designed to handle, thus causing discomfort day in and day out.
NMT@Work is our “results-driven” Neuromuscular Massage Therapy Program used in the workplace to balance the body using postural/movement analysis and traditional seated massage with the addition of trigger point therapy.
The pain caused by trigger points may be the biggest cause of disability and loss of time in the workplace. NMT@Work was created to help increase productivity and allow employees to Live and Work Well, while being free of pain and discomfort.
Our Licensed Massage Therapists work with your employees one-on-one to help them become aware of the initial signs of their body alignment problems and trace these signs back to the root cause. We teach them breathing techniques, stretches and proper ergonomics they can use to adjust their seated and standing posture to initiate early intervention.
A massage that provides relaxation is good. Results that relieve pain and help you live and work well are even better. June is National Employee Wellness Month and now is a great time to start developing a plan towards better health in the workplace. If you have questions or would like more information on our NMT@Work program, please contact me at 215-630-9217 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Be well, it’s a state of mind.
Sarah Murray, LMT, NCTMB
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