Sitting working on a PC? Why sitting is bad!

Sitting working on a PC?  Why sitting is bad!

Prolonged sitting is one of the worst positions for the body to maintain comfortably. After just 20 minutes hunched over in a chair or at at a computer desk, blood pools in the legs and immense pressure builds on the spine. Avoiding damage to the spine people who work in offices at desks should take take frequent breaks and stand up as often as possible.

 

Prolonged sitting causes discomfort, numbness and spine misalignment. Holding the body upright also increases tension in major muscles and joints.  See a therapist on a regular basis will enable more mobility and help release tensions in the muscles ( especially Back, Neck and Shoulders)

Anyone in a sedentary job is susceptible  to cardiovascular disease (because of less blood flow), tightened hip flexors, shortened hamstrings, pinched nerves and many physical injuries in the long run. Drivers, likewise have similar health issues, long journeys with no breaks can contribute to illness.

Body pain, herniated discs, nerve problems and painful joints are direct results of long office hours, says Dr. Lefkowitz. When you’re sitting, the spine is under a lot of pressure. Our bodies were made to stand, so maintaining the seated position is physically stressful.

So….How to Prevent Back and Neck Pain when

Sitting working on a PC? or Driving

  • Good posture when sitting maintains the three natural curves of a healthy spine.
  • The neck is forward, the upper back has an outward curve and the lower back inward.
  • Elbows are at the sides of the body and shoulders are relaxed
  • To avoid pulling muscles or causing pain stand every 20 minutes or so.

It’s the most important thing desk workers can do to give the body a break from a long held position.

  • Simple stretches at your desk such as twisting,
  • Turning the head from side-to-side and chin tucks upward towards the ceiling will also help.
  • Those movements, doing them very regularly, at least once an hour, for 60 seconds will do more to relieve chronic pain than going to a yoga class once a week.

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