LAKERS TOGETHER: Grand Valley is preparing for successful learning experiences when classes resume on Aug. 31. Learn more about the plan for fall in this handbook.
1.) Low back pain is the most common musculoskeletal disorder.
2.) It is estimated that 10-21% of Americans have had neck pain in the past year, with a higher incidence in office and computer workers. (http://ww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21665126)
3.) Improper posture and mechanics at the workplace is a leading cause of back and neck pain, which can be prevented with the proper education.
4.) Back and neck pain can limit activities that are enjoyable, which can impact an individual's health and wellness.
5.) Pain or stiffness in your back or neck after prolonged periods of time can possibly be a warning sign of poor posture. Refer to the seated posture checks listed below to help prevent excess stress on your spine and help prevent injury.
6.) The key to proper posture is neutral body positioning. This reduces stress on muscles, tendons, and bones to help prevent musculoskeletal injury.
Seated Posture Check:
Standing Posture Check:
Put posture check reminders in a place that you frequently see (i.e. computer monitor, phone).
Periodically get up and change positions to help fight fatigue and posture decline (every 30 minutes).