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Your head is very heavy, roughly the same weight as a bowling ball. When you’re sitting upright with the correct posture, the weight of your head can be distributed evenly through the joints in your neck – meaning there is no strain on the musculature, allowing the frontal lobe to fire properly. However, when you slump at your desk and your head tilts forward, a lot of strain is put through the joints and muscles. As a result, the frontal lobe becomes deactivated, which can result in decreased mood, low energy and a lack of concentration.
Many employers and office space providers like Fora are wise to the impact of posture on work productivity and are doing their bit to help – from desk assessments to standing desks, there has been a rise in the positive steps taken to ensure good posture for workers. However, this is a difficult concept to support when working from home.
Using laptops and phones, sitting at the dining table, or slumping on the sofa can all promote poor posture. It’s common to find your mood and energy levels lower than usual when working in this way for the reasons mentioned above.
Making just small changes to your home setup can make a big difference to your mental and physical wellbeing. Chiropractors are experts in improving spinal alignment and nervous system function. If you need any help improving your posture, exercises to support your spinal stability or some advice about your work from home setup, Chiropractic by Hand are offering special online appointments which can be booked online here. If you’re a Fora Resident, check your newsletter for our special price on their home appointments.