During times of isolation many people find themselves working from home. The new workplace may not be ideal, a laptop replaces a keyboard and monitor and a kitchen chair a proper ergonomic seat, so its likely there will be some physical aches and pains felt while making do.
While isolating it’s also important to monitor your mental health and that of your loved ones.
Researchers have found that poor posture – coming from how we sit, stand and hold ourselves – may have a greater health impact than just muscle aches and pains around the head, neck, and shoulders. * In fact mediocre posture may influence our thoughts and feelings as well.
Slouching has been found to change the way we think
Forward Head Posture or Turtle Neck increases thoughts of:
- Being Hopeless,
- Helpless, and
- Powerless as well as an
- overall increase in Depressive Thoughts
Many expert therapists, who teach health professionals how to counsel people with mental health issues, advise that the therapist’s recommendations should include ergonomic and postural advice.
In practice health professionals help people with their postural aches and pains knowing that those benefits may influence the whole body via the nervous system.
The Back Vitalizer and PosturePole are especially helpful because they are safe, effective and easily used at home.
The Back Vitalizer cushion can improve the comfort of your chair. While you work at your table or desk the cushions controlled airflow encourages gentle movement and a more relaxed upright sitting posture. This relieves back pain while stimulating the parts of your brain that look after balance.
Lying on a PosturePole works differently. It quickly settles the daily build up of neck, shoulder and upper back tension and encourages deeper slower breathing and a relaxation response. You can combine time on the pole with one of the Mindfulness Apps; i.e. Breathe 2 Relax. The two methods work together beautifully to quieten a busy mind while relaxing and refreshing your postural muscles.
Any questions… feel free to ask.
* Posture and Mood: Implications and Applications to Therapy. Peper E. et al Biofeedback Volume 45, Issue 2, pp. 42–48 2017