This is why it is important to deepen the issue. We continue to do so by talking about posture and ergonomics with Francesco Rosso, kinesiologist.
What does ergonomics mean?
What is the definition of posture?Searching on Google for the meaning of posture, numerous definitions are proposed, all different and all in some way correct.
Posture is how our body adapts to the environment in which it lives. It is the position that we must maintain for a given action.
Another definition tells us that posture is an individual integrated function on which the psyche and body act.
So the posture we assume depends on:
- from the attitude and physical conformation.There are those who have flat feet, barbed ready feet, scoliosis and so on. Everyone is different with infinite variables
- from psychological conditions we are experiencing. Even just by observing a person on the street, from how he moves I can guess if there is something wrong.
It is difficult to identify all the specific cases, but we can give some examples to understand how to improve posture, especially when we face physically exhausting jobs.
How to adopt a good posture?
Posture: useful tips for a welder
- raise the workbench so that your back is more upright and weld without being bent over. Two pieces of wood under the station, maybe he raises it a little and we have already solved the problem
- do a self-massage of the neck every 20 to 30 minutes. Just put your hands behind your neck, placing your fingers on the cervical vertebrae and move your hands forward, sliding to the sides of the neck. This movement reforms the physiological cervical lordosis and the pressure of the fingers dissolves muscle tension.
- another exercise, always to be repeated every 20, 30 minutes, is to look away and look into the distance, just look out the window. This is the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds, look 20 meters away. Also ideal for those who work long hours on the computer to relax their eyes.
Posture: useful tips for a house painter
Let's assume a house painter who has to whitewash a ceiling, will find himself all the time with his neck bent back and his gaze turned upwards. This position implies a single curve of the back and therefore a resistance equal to 2.
An excellent advice is to alternate the painting of the ceiling and walls, so as to reform the physiological curves of the back. In short, alternate to relieve.
Posture: useful tips for a turner
Those who work on the lathe, in the laboratory, in some ways find themselves in a condition similar to the welder. Again a lot depends on the height of the lathe.Here are some tips for improving posture:
if it is not possible to lower the lathe, a small step or a small rise can be used to compensate for the height of the lathe
in addition to the cervical, the lower back is also compromised, to remedy this problem take a small rise and place one foot on it. In this way the weight and the load of the body is discharged along the leg and therefore to the ground. Every now and then he changes his leg and continues to work
if the workstation is close to the wall, lean against the wall so that you are almost seated. A support such as a very high stool can also be useful.
Beyond this overview, don't forget that each case is unique. If you want more detailed and personalized information, you can find Francesco Rosso on the website or on Instagram and Facebook.