I’ll just come right out with the punch line: Poor posture (yeah, poor posture) is costing your company profits! It’s more like a punch to the gut (of your business). In 2002 Lockheed Martin lost $34 million due to employee illness. Half of that $34 million loss was directly due to employees with neck pain, back pain, and headaches, says Dr. Todd Narson.
And guess what? Lockheed Martin isn’t the only one. Statistics show that at any given time, 90 million people are suffering from low back pain and another 109 million with neck pain and headaches. I’ll bet there are at least a few people at your company distracted by some aches and pains of their own. If that’s true (and statistically it is) How are you dealing with it so that your company isn’t losing tons of money as well? If you’re the one working for the company, then how are you able to do the best job you can if you’re in pain? Could you have lost an opportunity for a raise or other advancement?
Although it doesn’t seem like a big deal to most, it comes down to poor performance, poor concentration, and poor quality work because pain is distracting you from your work. I’m not simply talking about you lifting something causing an injury or you getting banged up at the gym or playing sports over the weekend. I’m talking about neck pain, back pain and headaches being caused just because you are sitting at your desk doing your normal everyday job. Oh, and guess what? It all started when you were in grade school.
Simply put, if you sit at a desk throughout the day your posture is suffering. The changes sitting causes to your posture results in abnormal stress on your spine, abnormal stress on your supporting muscles and inflammation of little tiny nerve receptors. Add these together and you’re in pain. And don’t forget about how poor posture looks when you see others. What most people don’t even notice is the poor “lower body posture” that causes the lower back pain.
The pain doesn’t have to be severe, a mild dull ache or a little spasm in one of the muscles of your upper back or neck is enough to distract you just enough to lower your level of concentration. Add this together with the other days, weeks, months and years and all that adds up. It certainly did for Lockheed Martin and it does for just about every business out there.
It’s not just sitting at a desk, but any job where you assume a particular posture for prolonged periods of time. The good news is, there are easy strategies to reverse this type of posture involving some simple stretches, exercises, and modifications to your workspace. All of which I teach at your company in my 30-minute lunch-n-learn series “Surviving A Day At Your Desk”.
Wouldn’t you rather go home in the evening after work feeling great, full of energy and ready to go out? It’s certainly a lot better than feeling tired and achy with only enough energy to drive home and plop down on the couch.
Want to help yourself and your company? Call me so we can schedule a 30-minute lunch-n-learn at your office. It’s as simple as clicking this link
Yours in Health
Dr. Todd Narson
- Florida Licensed Chiropractic Physician
- Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians
- USA Triathlon Level-1 Coach
Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and was honored as the recipient of the coveted Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award in 1999-2000. He practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.
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