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Postural Survival at the Office and Exercise

So many of the pathological conditions we'll collectively see clinically are the result of poor control of static, translational and/or dynamic posture. More and more people are increasing the time spent in a seated position, working on computer-assisted projects. (Does this sound familiar to the web-based student?) This prolonged, in-active postural position contributes to the development of muscular imbalances that have a pronounced effect on head, shoulder, spine, hip, and ankle position.

But throughout the day, there are many opportunities to sneak in some structured, result-specific stretching and strengthening exercises. Assuming the work environment for the 'typical' sedentary office worker is not changing any time soon, how would you incorporate a specific training program into their day? What exercises would you select? Why? How would these get implemented with minimal impact to their day?

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This is an interesting scenario!

Specific training programs could be drawn up, or a variety of different exercise to consider for different regions (e.g., wrist, etc.) and then the employee would do the exercises during their work day when opportunity presents itself e.g., a brief break between clients, brisk walk to a location in the building or wrist curls, etc. Other bosses take exercises program serious as great for stress management, and implement a workout room, where the workers can go on their breaks. However, office workers can also create an exercise plan and specific exercises that they can implement throughout the day right at their desk and in the office.

I located two excellent examples to consider, one is attached. Let's take a closer look.

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So many of the pathological conditions we'll collectively see clinically are the result of poor control of static, translational and/or dynamic posture. More and more people are increasing the time spent in a seated position, working on computer-assisted projects. (Does this sound familiar to the web-based student?) This prolonged, in-active postural position contributes to the development of muscular imbalances that have a pronounced effect on head, shoulder, spine, hip, and ankle position. But throughout the day, there are many opportunities to sneak in some structured, result-specific stretching and strengthening exercises. Assuming the work environment for the 'typical' sedentary office worker is not changing any time soon, how would you incorporate a specific training program into their day? What exercises would you select? Why? How would these get implemented with minimal impact to their day?

Since this prolonged, in-active postural position contributes to the development of muscular imbalances that have a pronounced effect on head, shoulder, spine, hip, and ankle position, exercises should target each of these areas. If a person wants a structured, result-specific stretching and strengthening exercises, then one would need to develop the program for these areas and incorporate the specific ...

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Assuming the work environment for the 'typical' sedentary office worker is not changing any time soon, this solution explains how to incorporate a specific training program into their day, the types of exercises to select (and why) and how to implement them with minimal impact to their day. Example of an office exercise plan is also provided.

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