Whiplash is an injury to the neck sustained during a motor vehicle accident. The impact of the accident is so great that it causes the neck to suddenly be pushed in one direction and bounce back to the other. For example, if someone was rear ended, the neck would be forced to bend forward and suddenly then bend backward once the collision has stopped. This force causes damage to the muscles, joints and nerves of the neck. Hence, it is not just one particular area that is affected but a few different structures.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
It is important to remember that our bodies were designed to be moving. Hence being in one position for a long time is not good. Whether it is prolonged sitting or standing. Sitting and bending put a lot of pressure on the discs of our spine. However prolonged standing can put a lot of pressure on the joints of our spine, hips, knees and ankles! So although sit to stand desks provide us with an alternative they shouldn’t be used for a prolonged time. The best strategy is really to change our position every 30 minutes. Be it sitting or standing or walking it’s important to keep changing the position. This reduces the pressure on any one structure of our body. The role of regular exercise cannot be debated in preventing repetitive injuries due to work.
Correct sitting posture
It is also important to have the computer at the right level to the keyboard while you are seated. The back should always be rested against the back of the chair rather than sitting on the edge of the chair. The arms should always be rested closer to the body so you are not reaching for the keyboard. It is quite easy to find numerous articles on the right sitting posture at work.