Standing desks, treadmill desks and walking meetings are trendy strategies for making desk jobs healthier. How well do they really work? Read More
As a massage therapist, I am constantly treating clients who have what I call 'sitting syndrome'; shoulders curved forward, head protrudes forward equalling neck pain, low back pain from gluteal muscles ignored and shoved in a chair all day and even wrist and hand pain from typing at computers all day. This syndrome is extremely common, and hugely indicative of our modern values and lifestyles. Its great to see that efforts are being made by manufactures to combat this issue, but surely there is only so far they can go. Taking regular breaks to stretch the legs is great and definitely recommended and this is all a step in the right direction, but I argue that there could be another addition to this plan; the introduction of massage therapists into the workplace, and/or the inclusion of self massage classes. Massage is one of the best ways to improve circulation, relive sore muscles and joints and improve wellbeing. http://www.massagetherapy.com/_content/images/Media/Factsheet1.pdfFot
For all the money that would be spent on new chairs and desks etc, getting a team of massage therapists in once a week to do 15 minute wellness massage where they would also educate about self massage would be cheaper and I believe more affective overall. Companies such as 'The Health Enhancement Company' provide corporate wellness programs which include massage and meditation and have had great success in improving the overall wellness of the workforce, creating happier and more efficient people.
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Just wanted to share that I have recently switched to a stand up desk and it has changed my life. I have a cubicle desk job (gag me) and was tired of feeling my butt growing so I decided to do something about it. After much research I settled on a stand up desk from www.staandupdesk.com (yes stand has two a's) and started standing 15 min a day and am up to approx. 3 hours and down 5 pounds. It's a quality product for a reasonable price. Check it out and save your back and appearance!
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Linda Wasmer Andrews is a health writer with a master's degree in health psychology.
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