Osteopath Heath Williams recently had a small contribution to the OsteoLife magazine article “Don’t Sit Up Straight”  that was written by Alexandra Middleton.  This article takes a look at how the sitting up too straight in a chair whilst working in the office environment can actually place more stress on ones back and discs.

To read this article on sitting postures in the  workplace, please click OsteoLife, OsteoLife Autumn 2014

Making recommendations to how one’s workplace ergonomics and how one sits when at work is a big part of our roles as an Osteopath.  Common chair issues observed with many patients when assessed includes:

  • the chair back rest being too upright (90 degrees)
  • the lumbar support is too low and therefore not giving the worker adequate lumbar support
  • the chair is either too high or too low.

Next time you sit down at your chair in the office, try the following:

  • Adjust the height of the chair so that when your elbow and forearm are just above the desk height when sitting in a typing position.
  • Try adjusting the back rest height/lumbar support position so that the small of your back feels supported
  • Try tilting the back rest slight back to anywhere between 100 – 120 degrees to give you greater back support.

The Melbourne City CBD clinic is  located at 29 Somerset Place (basement), close to the corner of Elizabeth St and Little Bourke in the Melbourne City CBD. Our premises adjoin the Jon Weller Personal Training Studio, a fully-equipped training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials or specific training programs and rehabilitation.

The Docklands clinic is located at 717 Bourke St (Ground Floor), beneath the Channel 9 building near the walkway from Southern Cross Train Station to Etihad Stadium.  Our premises adjoin Pilates on Bourke, a fully-equipped pilates and yoga training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials, pilates or specific training programs and rehabilitation.

To speak to an Osteopath or book an appointment at Principle Four Osteopathy, please book online or call 03 9670 9290.


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