Regular Microbreaks are very important. With so many people sitting down, whether it’s in the car, in front of the computer or watching TV, taking microbreaks to avoid muscular imbalances is vitally important. Even though maintaining the normal spinal curves during sitting is considered extremely beneficial, people have a tendency to assume a forward head position. This happens especially when sitting in front of a computer with an improper screen height and can increase the incidence of neck and shoulder trigger points and pain, along with alterations in shoulder muscle activity.
Individuals who regularly sit with forward head posture, may be more prone to conditions like cervicoscapular injuries and scapulothoracic and shoulder impingement syndromes. Most people have no clue whether or not they are applying good posture while driving and since people spend so much time driving and sitting for prolonged periods of time, we all struggle with control over the situation. Simply sitting with poor posture long enough will eventually ensure damage.
To help prevent damage, any microbreak can help. Anything from squeezing the shoulder blades together for 20-30 seconds and repeating 2-3 times to repeated anterior and posterior pelvic tilts and lateral tilts for 1-2 minutes at a time can be helpful. Make sure to change your sitting position in the car by changing the “tilt” of the seat every 30 minutes especially with electric seats. The most simple microbreak to perform is to stand up, reach overhead with both arms while pretending you are climbing the rungs of a ladder. Completing microbreaks for 30 seconds every 30 minutes is sure to help counteract the effects of poor-posture.