Bending over, lifting, sitting and walking. These are daily activities that normally nobody really pays attention to. Until complaints develop. Movement complaints can easily be caused by incorrect posture, overload, tension or stress. And those movement complaints go much further than you would initially think.
In our modern society we sit a great deal of our daily time (at a table or desk, in the car or hanging on the couch in front of the TV). Sitting is also known as the new disease of affluence.
All these wrong postures, but also the overload, tension and stress plague our body. Our body tries to adapt to the ‘new’ situation, but that does not work. For example: Sitting a lot will cause certain muscle bundles to shrink in the upper legs and pelvis. When standing and walking, these muscles are then extra stretched and walking and standing become more difficult and painful.
Correct posture and good movement prevent unnecessary physical complaints.
Common complaints of poor posture
Research shows that people on an average sit 12-16 hours a day nowadays! Monotonous work, sitting in the same (often wrong) position for a long time and poor work material are the main culprits for postural complaints.
(Chronic) pain in the neck, shoulder and back
- The most common areas of pain are: lower back, neck, shoulder and also the wrist.
- Poor posture can cause spinal failure over time. This can lead to tension in the joints. If the spine is in an incorrect position, the weight or tension must be redistributed to make up for the bad posture.
Foot, knee and hip
- Joints can be overloaded by (prolonged) excessive use, incorrect movements, tension and incorrect posture.
- The wrong position will make the body want to compensate. This means that, for example, a skew is compensated by a different posture. This can develop complaints in completely different places in the body (for example knee or ankle).
Overall stiffness of the body
- Prolonged tension and stress can cause muscle overload. If muscles remain tense and cannot recover sufficiently, you will increasingly move less smoothly;
- Long-term tension and stress can cause the connective tissue to freeze. This also reduce the flexibility you were used to and you will experience an overall stiffness.
- Headache is usually an indirect response to another complaint. For example, employees who sit a lot and work with the computer for a long time (due to poor posture) experience a lot of tension in the neck, shoulder and back. This tension can work through to the head and cause tension headaches.
- Headaches can also be caused by (long-term) tension in the connective tissue. Especially in the neck, shoulder and lower head.
Digestion and breathing
- Sitting incorrectly narrows the heart, lungs and intestines. This can result in less effective digestion.
- Due to poor posture, the lungs cannot function to the maximum. This limits blood flow, making it more difficult to breathe deeply enough.
- A spinal hernia is often mentioned as a result of poor posture. A hernia often occurs in the area of the spine between the ribs and hips. This can cause a lot of pain and limitations.
- Pinching of muscles or nerves can result in numbness in your arms, back and / or legs.
Decreased energy level and depression
- If the body remains in the same position for a longer period of time, the internal processes slow down. As a result, the energy level may drop.
- Due to a lack of energy, people can get irritated and feel tired more quickly. In the longer term, this can cause depression and extra stress.