The coronavirus pandemic has upended corporate life, altering how we do business and how we work, indefinitely. In this “new normal” of hybridized work patterns, many employees have to work exclusively from home or mix remote work with on-site shifts to limit their exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. However, while remote work may reduce the stress of commuting and allow for more time spent with family, these do not come without a price.
Health insurer Bupa found that nearly two-thirds (63%) of workers experience musculoskeletal problems, including back pain, neck pain, and knee injuries, as a result of working from home. According to a Facebook survey from the American Chiropractic Association, more than 92 percent of chiropractors said that patients report more neck pain, back pain, and musculoskeletal injuries since they began working from home. Charity Versus Arthritis also conducted a survey that found that four in five remote workers develop musculoskeletal pain, chief of which were lower back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain.
In all these cases, the story is the same: working from home means - for the most part - working under less-than-ideal ergonomic conditions. You are either clacking away at your laptop computer slumped over your kitchen table for hours on end or hunching over a high work desk to meet your task deadlines. Even if things get a little bit comfy while you work from your sofa with your laptop on your laps, your muscles will overcompensate for your poor posture and may become overstretched and painful.
Add these to the stress of meeting household demands, including chores and childcare, and you’ll get recurring bouts of pain that not only reduce your work productivity but also affect your health negatively.
The USLA recommendations to battle this work-related aches and pain include exercising when one gets up in the morning, taking frequent breaks between work, and taking short walks. While all these are great, they may be too much to ask when the burden of work-home balance is overwhelming.
There’s a quick fix, however - a shirt. What do you think about a shirt that corrects posture, soothes your muscles and nerves, and lowers inflammation across your muscles, bones, and joints?
Alignmed Posture Shirt is generally accepted as the gold standard in posture correction, prescribed by spine and back doctors, chiropractors, and recommended by thousands of pro-athletes who have worn it to enable them to play in proper posture. The shirt was designed to fit closely and comfortably as it drapes snugly over your shoulder and down your back. Wear it a few hours a time and experience soothing relief on your joints and nerves.
Alignmed Posture Shirt was developed using Neurobands technology, an advanced system made of neurobands, which are elastic panels that create controlled resistance on the body to activate muscles firing and to keep them contracting evenly and properly. This process provides therapeutic touch across specific muscle groups, correcting body alignment and posture. Consequently, Alignmed retrains overstretched and overcompensating muscle groups subjected to poor postures from working under poor ergonomic conditions.
Further, the neurobands create a subconscious awareness that retrains the brain to sit in better posture even when not wearing the shirt. Once the Posture Shirt realigns your brain to proper posturing, you may wear the shirt less frequently and watch your body maintain better posture naturally.
This advanced technology has gone through extensive clinical trials and has shown positive clinical outcomes, with dramatic improvement in musculoskeletal pains and fatigue. Several health institutions and organizations have also published study findings and use cases of Alignmed Posture Shirt, reporting positive results.
A study published in JOSE, the International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California Kerk School of Medicine, Dept. of Orthopedics and the University of Denver’s Center for Biomechanics revealed good clinical outcomes. In the study, some computer workers wore the Alignmed Posture Shirt and were monitored closely for one month. Participants reported that the shirt improved their productivity by an impressive 13% and reduced their fatigue by up to 29%.
User reviews for Alignmed Posture Shirt have also been positive, with several users with movement and gait disorders stating that it has helped readjust their joints and minds to better posture. Users report significant relief of pains and posture problems within a week of use. Further, people who had traumatic musculoskeletal injuries and orthopedic surgeries experienced remarkable pain relief and reconfigured muscles and joints, comparable to conventional therapy.
Alignmed Founder Bill Schultz designed the first product to avoid the spinal fusion surgery his surgeons recommended for his chronic back pain, and he noticed a dramatic improvement in his symptom, obviating the need for surgical treatment.
“I believe we as a society struggle with the consequences of living in poor posture due to no effective solution to improve and sustain good posture. This led us to the development of NeuroBand® Technology, Evidence-Based Apparel®, and Postural Fitness™. – a passive strategy to activate, retrain, and balance muscles for good posture - with measurable results. Alignmed’s Evidence-Based Apparel® (EBA®) is distinguished from the markets of apparel with independent research and clinical results that validate improvements in strength, vascularity, muscle activity, performance, injury prevention, injury recovery, pain management, and overall posture improvement. Additionally, EBA requires no discipline, or change in behavior to have a functional improvement. This is a grand distinction from the markets of ‘wearable technology.” Schultz said.
Whether you work exclusively from home or mix remote work with on-site work, Alignmed is an invaluable companion, protecting you from musculoskeletal injuries and improving your productivity as you work from home. Employees who have returned to on-site work may also wear Alignmed Posture Shirt to enhance your physical wellbeing while at work.
Alignmed is working closely with corporate wellness organizations to extend wellness beyond the office building. The company is launching new brands of clinically-tested, therapeutic garments to improve the wellbeing and productivity of remote workers during these unparalleled times and beyond.