What are bad postures?
In everyday life, bad posture is first noticed under "beauty aspects". In fact, however, bad posture has far-reaching health causes and consequences.
In ergonomics, we speak of incorrect posture when tension and or muscle pain arise due to an unfavourable posture at work (e.g. due to sitting or standing too long and rigidly).
From an orthopaedic point of view, poor posture is virtually the precursor to postural defects or Postural defectssuch as hollow back, hunchback or scoliosis.
The cause of bad posture
Poor posture is almost always the result of chronic muscle tension. These often arise because the interaction of the muscles (antagonists and protagonists) is not right.
This is why a person can have a strongly trained back from sport - but if the abdominal muscles are not in good condition, back problems can still occur due to tension. Balance the abdominal muscles, back problems can still occur due to tension. The simple formula: "more muscles = no bad posture" is therefore not valid.
Once the muscles get into an imbalance, they are under constant tension. This is noticeable and exhausting. You tend to adopt a protective posture - and even aggravate the problem.
Bad posture and muscle tension are therefore not bad habits that can be discarded, but are primarily the result of environmental factors such as incorrect workplace heights, sitting and standing all the time, monotonous movements, etc.
Avoiding bad posture in the office
A natural, relaxed and upright posture is desirable not only from an aesthetic point of view, but also to avoid tension and pain. But how can we avoid these bad postures in the office - where we spend 9-10 hours a day predominantly sitting or standing at rigid workstations?
First of all, it is important to understand that it is not about maintaining an "ergonomically perfect posture" for as long as possible - but that it is better, especially for the back muscles, to vary the movements.
Therefore, it is important to have a workplace that allows sitting and standing in motion, makes it possible and, ideally, even challenges and encourages it. The easiest way to do this is with an active seat such as the Swopper, the 3Dee or the Muvman from Aeris.
Due to their specific 3D technology, the active chairs allow a lot of movement in three dimensions: forwards and backwards, to the side and up and down. This type of movement corresponds to the natural human urge to move: spontaneously, intuitively, freely and self-organised in every direction, with constant changes of posture. This integrates more movement into everyday life quite incidentally.
Simply put - with a 40-hour week in the office, a Aeris active seat will help employees have a 40-hour week in motion. This activates the muscles and strengthens the back.
In addition, the 3D movement element in the foot joint of the active chairs and the absence of armrests ensure an optimal posture in relation to the work surface. No one has to "slouch" to overcome the distance between the chair and the desk surface. The back remains straight and bad posture is prevented.