Carol Kinsey Goman

CONTRIBUTOR

I write about leadership, body language, and professional success.

Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative is credited with coining the phrase, “sitting is the new smoking” to draw attention to the health problems created by our sedentary lifestyles.

Unfortunately these health concerns rise if you are one of the increasing number of people whose work is done on computers. (Census Bureau data notes that 49% of working adults used a computer at work in 1997; by 2003, this number had grown to 56%, and is even higher today.)

Evidence is growing that computer users are at increased risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (especially those involving the upper extremity), resulting in health problems for the workforce and financial/productivity losses for employers. Blame it on bad posture.

It is not likely that people at work will be mindful of their posture during their activities — especially with the increase in prolonged sitting from computer use, gaming, TV, texting, driving, air travel, etc.  which can create excessive stress on various parts of the body.

But what if there was a simple solution for computer workers and the organizations that employ them? What if there was even a way to increase productivity by 13% while reducing worker fatigue by 29%?

No, there’s not an app for that – but there is a shirt.

Alignmed’s Posture Shirt is the easiest answer I’ve found. Just put it on. It does all the rest with it’s sewn in neuro-bands that provide controlled resistance and create a form of passive therapy to fix poor posture. The products have been FDA registered, granted prescription approval and vetted with research and over 80,000 users to date.

In one study, done in conjunction with USC’s Keck School of Medicine, 96 municipal workers were monitor to gauge the effects of wearing a Posture Shirt on musculoskeletal wellness and health in the computer workplace.