Correct posture and musculoskeletal diseases

Raise awareness about the correct posture in the workplace

The holiday season has come and gone. For the majority of mortals this means back to work!

The average person spends a third of his life at work and it is of the utmost importance to understand the serious health repercussions that can be caused due to sitting in incorrect postures for prolonged periods of time. Musculoskeletal diseases, also known as MSDs, greatly effects our society as complications can lead to high amounts of absenteeism in the work place.

There are over 150 types of musculoskeletal diseases and syndromes, although those that currently have the largest effect on our workforce and society in general are: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, low back pain, and limb trauma[1]. According to the New Zealand Ministry of Health, “Health loss from musculoskeletal disorders, including neck and lower back disorders and arthritis, is increasing – partly because of rising rates of obesity. Musculoskeletal disorders already account for 13% of all health loss.”[2] Of the millions of people suffering from muscular and joint pain, the struggle is ongoing and does not discriminate against age. In most cases quality Read more

Five things to avoid doing during a doctor’s appointment

Visit to the doctor

It is your doctor’s job to assess, diagnose and treat you, but how you behave as a patient can influence his or her ability to do so correctly. In order to ensure an accurate diagnosis and treatment there are certain behaviors and habits that are best to avoid.

  1. Constantly referring to information you have seen on the internet about your condition. It’s great to be informed about your medical situation, but it is not necessary to interrupt your doctor with   information that may not even be relevant. Remember not to believe everything you read on the internet! If you have a question about something you have read or researched, wait until your doctor has finished giving their opinion before sharing it, and work together to discuss your concerns. 2. Suppressing medical or pertinent lifestyle information. No one is perfect, and all of us have certain Read more