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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Member Blog: Are you sitting comfortably?

By Dr George Ampat -  Ease The Spine
Those who regularly sit down for long hours are most at risk from problems with their back and spine. In an average working day you may spend 1.5 hours commuting, 7.5 hours sitting at your desk, an hour sat eating your dinner and a further three hours watching TV – that’s 13 hours of sitting in just one day! Sitting for long periods does not only affect your spine but it also affects your heart. In fact there is evidence to show that people who sit for more than 10 hours a day as compared to people who sit for less than 6 hours a day, have an increased risk of myocardial infarction and coronary artery disease.

Studies suggest that sitting for prolonged periods has an adverse effect on our bodies. But standing on our feet for hours on end is equally ineffective. The ideal working position for most people is a combination of sitting and standing. Keeping the body active is the best way to do this.

Modern and smart offices include flexible working space where employees’ desks can be raised and lowered at a touch of a button. This allows workers to simply switch between sitting and standing without disrupting their efficiency.

Ease The Spine has a full range of height-adjustable desks which are ideal for productive, pain-free working. It also has a variety of seating designed to encourage a more natural spine position. If you look at most chairs you own, the seat is at a 90-degree angle, but seating with a downwards curvature encourages you to sit straighter and improves posture.

Active seating, such as the HAG Capisco chair, simulates the actions of a horse rider and encourages movement in the spine which allows the discs in the spine to obtain the water and nutrients they need. Similar to the front of the eye (cornea) which does not have a blood supply, the discs of the spine also do not have a direct blood supply. Blinking helps to water and nourish the cornea in the eye.

Similarly movement helps to nourish and water the discs of the spine. Movement also keeps the muscles around the spine stronger and thereby improves core stability.

Ease The Spine is open Monday to Saturday, so make sure you pop in and take a closer look at the array of seating and office furniture on display.

Ease the Spine, 4-5, The Precinct, Station Road, Cheadle Hulme SK8 5BB    0161 488 4491

SAVE THE DATE - Thursday, 23 April 2015 between 12pm and 6pm
Free seminar: Well-being at Work
Ease the Spine - Active working and its benefits to your organisation.
Lectures and demonstrations by Dr. George Ampat, Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Royal Liverpool Hospitals.
Email to register your interest.