• Lori Goodsell

Sitting and Back Pain: How it Affects Your Spine for the Future

Ever wonder what long hours at your desk does to your body? As they say, sitting is the new smoking! Sitting and back pain go hand in hand.  Many people who sit down throughout their day, end up with all sorts of other health issues.

Why does your neck both you so much? As you lean in towards the computer throughout your day, you start to develop forward head posture which puts more stress and strain on the muscles of your upper back and the muscles between your shoulder blades. The muscles in the front of your neck also have to contract more than their fair share. This can result in frequent tension headaches. To combat this problem, make sure to keep your head back and over your shoulders. Don’t lean in towards whatever you are working on or reading.

Why does your lower back bother you? The muscles of your hips that attach to your lumbar spine are called your hip flexors. When you sit down, they shorten up. With enough prolonged sitting, their permanent state becomes shortened and they pull on your lower back every time you are in a standing position. This causes frequent back pain and discomfort. The solution? Get up every thirty minutes and take a few minutes to stand up while doing your paperwork. Or, even better, ask for a standup desk that can be raised and lowered at your leisure.

Make sure to counteract the effects of sitting on your job with lots of physical activity when you are done with work. Make sure your habits and hobbies don’t keep you more sedentary than you need to be.

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© 2020 by Lori Goodsell, D.C.