Posture: The Solution to Musculoskeletal Conditions
Musculoskeletal conditions are increasing in prevalence throughout the world. They range from minor aches and pains to long-term pain and ultimately physical disability. These health issues are very frequent in the workplace but are increasing in the home setting through performing activities of daily living incorrectly, as well as the fitness environment through unsafe exercise habits. The average life expectancy of the human population has increased over time. While people are living longer, they are certainly not living with a high quality of life. The disability-free life expectancy, or life expectancy in "full health" without disease and/or injury is increasing with the aging population. According to the World Health Organization, at any given time, 30% of American adults experience joint pain, swelling, or limited range of motion (1). Some of the conditions that plague our society are low back pain, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis (BONE & JOINT). The risks that lead to the disorders are generated from repetitive movements, mechanical overloading, maintaining static positions, vibrations, and intense forces (WHO). Each disorder stems from a lack of awareness of posture and body alignment. Therefore, in understanding how to maintain a good postural alignment, many of these conditions can be avoided. Every aspect of life, whether you are sitting, standing, sleeping, walking, or running can put you at risk if one is not aware of their posture.
Musculoskeletal disorders have proposed a lose – lose situation where not only does the individual suffer, but also every facet in the economy. The employee is at risk from personal suffering and possible loss of employment and income. From a business perspective, companies are losing efficiency through employee absenteeism, and on global level the government increases social security costs (OSHA). According to the Health and Safety Executive, in 2009 and 2010 the average working days lost due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders were an estimated 9.3 million (HSE). Extracurricular activities have similar results. One study examined exercise and sport related injuries and reported 29 million incidents that included new or recurrent injuries. Amongst the 29 million injuries, 9.8 million, being potentially serious and resulting in medical treatment.
Musculoskeletal disorders have created a global issue that needs attention. Based on current trends, they are expected to increase dramatically in coming years. To help combat this, The National Posture Institute has the devised a solution to musculoskeletal conditions. Through implementing posture and body alignment correction via NPI's Certified Posture Specialist and/or Public Posture program you can create a safe work, home, and exercise environment free of aches, pains, and disabilities for yourself or your clients and patients. Educational programs that increase knowledge and establish new behavior patterns provide safe and effective solutions for musculoskeletal conditions. Through utilizing the National Posture Institute's educational solutions and assessment tools, you can help change the world!
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