Is the Way You Sit Causing Back Pain?
By Sara Butler
If you work in an office setting, then sitting in front of your computer for hours at a time is something you are not a stranger to. Maybe the reason you started seeing a chiropractor was because you were experiencing pain in your shoulders, neck, or back – all caused from sitting. Here are a few problems associated with the way you sit that are almost guaranteed to cause you pain and discomfort, and what you can do about it.
Not Moving Enough
If you don’t regularly get up to move around from your desk over the course of the day, then you are almost ensuring you will experience problems at some point in the future. See, when you stay in the same position for hours on end, then your muscles can become stiff due to their circulation being slowed. This zaps the energy from your muscles too, which may explain why you feel fatigued at the end of the day even though you don’t feel you’ve done enough physically to be so wiped out.
When you get up to move around at least once an hour, you’re helping to keep yourself alert and also helping your muscles to get movement they desperately need to remain healthy. You might assume you’re doing fine because the issues you’re having go unnoticed until you stand up, but you should be aware that these problems are the direct result of the way you’re sitting immobile for extended periods of time.
A classic posture that causes trouble is the hunch. It can be easy to get lost in what you’re doing and block everything else out, and eventually, you may find yourself all hunched over and not even realize how on earth you got there. This is why setting an alarm to get yourself up and moving at least once an hour is a great idea. You may think it’ll mess with your productivity, but in reality, it may make you more productive in the end because you feel better and have more energy.
The moral of this story is: Try to pay attention to how you’re sitting over the course of your day and make corrections when needed.
How’s Your Chair?
You need a chair that is supportive for you. It has to fit you right, it has to be the right height and above all it has to work for you ergonomically. Chairs can be expensive, but it’s worth the time to find one that is adjustable and that fits you correctly in order to save you from physical problems down the road.
If you have any questions about the pain you’re experiencing at work and if it might be caused by the way you sit, then contact your chiropractor at The Joint today!