Back Health and Sitting
Mork, P.J., & Westaard, R.H. (2009). Back posture and low back muscle activity in female computer workers: A field study. Clinical Biomechanics, 24, 169-175.
Aim. This study examined the relationship between posture, use of back muscles, and low back pain.
Method. 21 women (mean age= 43 years + 10) who worked primarily with computers were measured on posture (pelvis and trunk), muscle activity (surface...Read More ››
Benefits of Breathing
Slow Breathing and Stress
Pramanic, T., Sharma, H.O., Mishra, S., Mishra, A., Prajapati, R., & Singh, S. (2009). Immediate effect of slow pace Bhastrika Pranayama on blood pressure and heart rate. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 15, 293-295. Doi: 10.1089/acm.2008.0440.
Aim. Examine the effect of bhastrika pranayama, a slow yoga breathing practice, on immediate heart rate.
Method. Thirty-nine healthy adults were asked to breathe slowly (as...Read More ››
Benefits of Meditation
Tang, Y., Lu, Q., Fan, M., Yang, Y., & Posner, M.I. (2012). Mechanisms of white matter changes by meditation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 10570-10574. Doi: 10.1073/pnas.1207817109.
Aim. To examine the effect of mindfulness meditation training (Integrative Body-Mind Training; IMBT) on efficiency of neural processes in brain areas associated with self-regulation.
Method. Participants experienced a 4-week IMBT training or relaxation. Before and...Read More ››
Benefits of Relaxation
Ponce, A.N., Lorber, W., Paul, J.J. Esterlis, I., Barzvi, A., Allen, G.J., & Pescatello, L.S. (2008). Comparisons of varying dosages of relaxation in a corporate setting: Effects on stress reduction. International Journal of Stress Management, 15, 396-407. Doi: 10.1037/a0013992.
Aim. Examine the effects of progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) and mini-relaxation (MR) on stress in a corporate workplace.
Method. Study 1. 104 employees received up to 3 PMR...Read More ››
Chronic Disease and Sitting
Berkowitz, B., & Clark, P. (20 January, 2014). The health hazards of sitting. Washington Post. Retrieved from http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/the-health-hazards-of-sit....
A compilation of findings resulted in an informative infografic that can be found at http://apps....Read More ››