Human ergonomics

We’re all concerned about the height of our computer chairs, are our desks the right size, we purchase wrist rests, foot rests, ergonomically designed mouse and so on but we rarely look at ourselves and how we use theses ergonomically designed furniture.

Yes having a chair that is at the right height for you and making sure the screen is right in front of you so you don’t have to twist your neck to look at it are both a good idea. But we rarely look at how we might be sloughing on these chairs, how we might be tensing our neck and jaw as we’re gripping the computer mouse very tightly and generally misusing ourselves in these activities.

The awareness of what we are up to when we work, sit, eat or whatever activity we might do on a daily basis, is essential to learn how to reduce tension in ourselves. We can learn this practice, I have done just that over the years of practising the Alexander technique. I have learned how to not build so much tension as I’m working at a computer and how I can choose how I react to most situations in a calmer and more thoughtful way. I have suffered RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), neck pain, back pain before I started exploring and practicing new ways of moving and thinking.

If you suffer RSI you have probably looked at your set up at work, more than likely have gone to doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists and so on… And the outcome is probably not great if you are still looking for solutions.

Furniture ergonomics are only a small part of a solution. The Alexander technique will help you find solutions that can last a lifetime.

Get more time and more energy into your day by lying down…

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Well the good news is you can find more time into your busy day by taking more breaks and introducing a real easy procedure.A parents, we tend to have a hectic lifestyle, running from one pick up to cooking dinners, cleaning, going to work, getting a quick walk in, or trying an exercise class, shopping for the week, before going back to collecting, cooking and whatever else out busy lives involve. Can we pack in any more into our day?Introducing breaks, like this lie down procedure will leave you refreshed and with more energy to carry on with your daily chores wether at work on in the home (which is all work). Why not try it for yourself and please email me if you have any queries on how to do this vero@bib.ie

Looking after yourself doesn’t have to be hard work!
The lie down procedure for you and great for kids too! My son likes to lie down with me when I have my breaks.Lying down is one the quickest and simplest ways of allowing our bodies to come back into shape. It allows the spine to lengthen and widen, allows the neck muscles to relax as they don’t have to support the heavy weight of head (about 5kg-8lb). Allows the pelvis to tilt backward and the lower back to flatten. Spinal and abdominal muscles can release allowing the diaphragm and ribcage to work more efficiently. A deeper breathing pattern happens, and the whole system calms down.Lying  down in semi-supine for 10 to 20 minutes each day can be calming, restoring, refreshing and alleviate immediate pain. Lying down is advocated by osteopaths, chiropractors and back-pain clinics.

Place some books under your head, notice if your head is tipping back (books too low) or pushed forward (too many books). Lie down on a mat or carpet, (be careful of draughts), bend your knees and place your feet shoulder width apart. Try not to fall asleep, if you feel sleepy you would benefit more from going to bed.

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Benefits:
Releases muscles and joints
Allows intervertebral discs to plump up allowing spine to regain its full length
Releases diaphragm giving more rib movement
Allows for more regular breathing
Frees neck muscles
Takes pressure of eyes
Jaw releases
Undlenches hands
Gives time to think and become more conscious
It’s free.

Back in Balance with Véronique Druesne,
Alexander Technique teacher Cork
vero@bib.ie