If you have a job that entails sitting for long periods of time in the same position, you could easily develop back problems. Office workers are particularly vulnerable to such problems. To help prevent any such back problems we have produced an effective guide to sitting correctly.
Guide to correct sitting posture
1. When sitting, sit well back into the seat. All adjustments should be made from a seated position.
2. Make sure that the seat is level and the backrest is in an upright position. Adjust the seat height so that there is a 90-degree angle between the upper arm and forearm with the forearm parallel to the work also be 90 degrees. If this is not achievable a footrest may be required.
3. Adjust the back height by lifting the backrest to the required height giving correct support to the lumbar region.
4. Release the seat or back locking mechanism and adjust the body weight tension control (if applicable) to the required pressure. The chair should move freely without having to exert leg pressure.
5. Either lock the mechanism in the required position or leave the seat and back unlocked for synchronised or independent movement.Please note that these guidelines may vary according to the adjustability of the mechanism and type of swivel chair in question.
Your mother was right!
Janice Novak, author of Posture, Get It Straight, takes your mom’s admonition to a new level of awareness about how much your posture affects your entire body – even your self-esteem.
Besides her frequent health segments on television and radio, Novak scored a coveted guest appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss her book and the benefits of cultivating better posture.
That appearance and quotes and articles in publications such as Ladies Home Journal, The New York Times and Real Simple have made Novak a nationally acclaimed author, speaker and consultant – not to mention the ultimate posture expert for those suffering from back aches, low self-esteem, and more.
Janice has worked with clients for over twenty years while developing workshops and seminars. She regularly presents her findings to hospitals and many professional organizations that realize the importance of health and wellness for their patients and employees.
In her book, Posture, Get it Straight, Novak presents a strong message to take action toward improving health and well-being. She offers simple techniques and exercises that anyone can easily adapt into a hectic schedule.
It’s amazing how such a simple thing as posture makes such a difference in the way you look and feel, how you greet the world – and how the world perceives you. Janice explains how you can take years off your appearance and get the energy and motivation that will transform your life forever.
Novak even offers a DVD companion to accompany her book, Posture, Get It Straight! In it, she demonstrates a series of exercises and stretches that will almost instantly trim up your midsection and restore health and vitality to your entire body.
Janice’s book runs the gamut from how to look slimmer and healthier to developing a better golf swing by simply improving your posture.
Pregnant women can also benefit from the book. By paying attention to their posture, they can end the “baby backache blues.”
Let’s face it – your mom’s advice to “sit up straight” isn’t just an old wife’s tale.
Good posture is esssential if you want to be a good guitar player. At all costs, try to avoid slouching. Correct posture also allows for easier access to higher notes on the instrument. Through out this article are pictures of Francisco Tárrega, he is displaying the correct sitting posture.
Both shoulders and neck should be relaxed. Tension is never good.
There should be 4 points of contact to the instrument, chest, left thigh, right thigh, and right forearm (not counting the left hand). Some people will say that there are other ways to hold the guitar and play it, but this is the most effective way, it has been done since its early history and is continued today. This method is the most effective because it allows the guitar player to access higher notes on the instrument. Try to do that with any other method, I dare you.