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How Sitting is Hard on Your Back

By Sara Butler

Your back does a lot for you, more than you may even realize. It supports you as you walk, sit, and stand. It allows you to move freely, twist, and bend – a pretty big deal! That’s why, when people experience restrictions in their mobility due to their spine, they then realize just how much it’s been working for them. When you lose it, believe us when we say that you will miss it!

So, what can you do to help keep your back healthy and limber? You can start by realizing how everyday activities that seem innocuous, like sitting, make a big impact on your back’s health. Here is how sitting impacts your back and what you can do to keep it healthier.

Why is Sitting So Hard on Your Back?

You might think that sitting isn’t that big of a deal since it’s an activity that doesn’t require you to actually do much, but your spine sees it quite differently. Think about how much you sit in a day – in the car, at work, watching television, playing video games – the list goes on and on!

When you’re sedentary, it puts quite a bit of strain on your back, causing muscle strain. But it also puts a lot of strain on your hip flexors, muscles that you need in order to help you move your hips and lower back freely. When you sit for long periods, the hip flexors can become tight, restricting movement and pulling your spine out of alignment, resulting in joint dysfunction and restriction.

What You Can Do

There are several things you can do to try to combat the effects of sitting on your spine and hips. You should:

  • Get moving – One of the best ways to fight against back pain is to stay active. It can drastically reduce the back pain you may be experiencing and it’s a natural way to release endorphins to help you feel good. You don’t have to go crazy, you just need to take small breaks throughout the day to move around. At least once an hour is a great place to start. Then, go for a walk or hike in your spare time.
  • See your chiropractor – Your chiropractor can make sure there aren’t any joint restrictions or dysfunctions working against you so that you can keep your spine functioning at its best.
  • Give your health a boost – Aside from exercising, eat right too. A healthy diet can help you maintain a healthy weight and keep inflammation at bay.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

 

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