The pain starts creeping slowly up and down your back. You adjust your desk seat to the best of your abilities, but, for some reason, you just cannot get the settings to stop the pain.
What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger
Sitting all day can hinder your health. Even though you’re getting your work done by sitting and staring at the screen all day, your health can suffer. Having poor posture can also enhance the pain, as sitting is worse of a strain on your back then standing is. Your posture will suffer because of the position of your head neck, shoulders and low back; in fact, studies have shown that sitting puts more pressure on your discs than standing does.
Several chair ailments that can be easily avoided include:
Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans at the age of 45 (2009). No one wants to have a back pain and headaches just from doing their job!
How does sitting negatively affect your back and your nerves?
When your spine stays in one position (especially sitting) for an extended amount of time, the nerves are compressed together and deprived of nutrients. When the nerves lack nutrients, the pain sets in. Sitting over time slowly compresses the disc which puts pressure on the nerve.
The discs in your back are like water balloons that expand with pressure above and below then put pressure on the nerves. When nerves are compressed from the disc, they lose nutrients.
How can we fix and avoid back soreness?
In order to avoid back pain and blood clots, you can try deskercise! Deskercise is the practice of staying active throughout the day in order to maintain a healthy work life.
Ways to implement the practice of deskercise include:
Want more information on what moves can improve your work life balance? Contact Joy or Joyce at KCP Physical Therapy at http://kcpphysicaltherapy.com.
“I had tried many other treatments, therapies and doctors for my continuous hip and back pain but it wasn’t until I came to KCP Physical Therapy and was properly diagnosed and started on a treatment program that I started to see great improvement. Joyce and Joy are experts in orthopedic injuries and rehabilitation and have helped me enormously. As part of my ongoing strengthening program, I have started training with Joyce twice a week now as well.”
I have been a client at KCP Physical Therapy for 7 years. Before I was referred to them I dealt with neck and lower back/hip pain. I had tried some of the usual avenues without success. Within 6 months of receiving treatment I was 85% better than I had been in a long time. My next step was to begin a small amount of training. I progressed even more. Over time I have incorporated one hour training at least once a week and during some periods twice a week. When KCP added Yoga classes I was all in. I now go to yoga two times a week and one day for personal training. KCP provides a holistic approach to my well being. They know my physical constraints so they are able to build my workouts and yoga around them. I am 68 years old and have never felt better.