William Higham, one of the world’s leading futurists and author of the report, The Work Colleague Of The Future, recently doubled up with model specialists Helix 3D Ltd to create Emma, a shocking life-sized representation of what office workers could look like in 20 years time. It is commonly known that desk jobs have a variety of negative effects on our bodies, let’s take a look at exactly what these are and most importantly, what you can do to avoid becoming like Emma.
The first and most noticeable health problem on Emma is a permanently hunched back, also known as kyphosis, which occurs due to excessive curvature of the spine in the thoracic and sacral regions. This is a result of bad posture, necks pushed forward in an abnormal position and too much time spent sitting, bent over a computer or laptop. It is crucial to practise good posture while working, remember to sit correctly and take regular breaks. Give your body the opportunity to move around.
49% of the workers that were interviewed during the study that supports Higham’s report confirmed that they were suffering from back pain which is directly linked to their jobs. If this sounds like you, get in touch with us at Enfield Osteopathic Clinic for a free consultation so we can reverse these effects and return your body back to good health.
Emma also had varicose veins which had developed due to poor blood circulation. In order for the body to function at its optimum ability, it needs to do the most important role it was designed for…to pump blood around the body and keep us alive. A life with little to no movement will not only slow the body down but will cause it to begin to malfunction in most places. Aches and pains will develop, you will be tired with less energy and your metabolism will also slow down causing weight gain which is shown in Emma through her rotund stomach.
A great way to boost circulation in the body includes good old fashioned exercise. This can be done in a number of ways such as taking regular walks, jogging, dancing, cycling, playing a sport, weight training, yoga, stretching and other forms of mobility. Don’t forget to consult a personal trainer when training at the gym to avoid any injuries. Exercise doesn’t always have to be done the conventional way, pick something that gets you pumped, regardless of what method you choose you will be sure to come out feeling great.
Emma was also shown to be suffering with dry, red eyes from staring at a computer screen for far too long, swollen ankles and wrists caused by repetitive movements, pale skin from not being exposed to enough natural sunlight, stress-induced eczema, increased nose and ear hair as well as a swollen nose due to poor air quality. Now if that’s not enough to make you want to quit your job, we don’t know what is. But before you do that, give us a call at Enfield Osteopathic Clinic, our non-invasive treatments can combat many of Emma’s problems and we also share various stretches and exercises you can perform away from us to keep your body in tip-top shape. Follow the link to see Emma for yourself. www.mirror.co.uk/science/scientists-create-terrifying-model-show-20713048
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