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8 hours in a chair? Think about your posture.

Are you sitting correctly?

How Back Pain From Sitting in Desk Affects Spinal Health

If you sit at a desk all day, you are placing your spine in an unnatural position. Unfortunately, all too often the sitting continues after work as we sit down to meals with our families or relax by watching television. We are spending most of the day sitting down, and it's wreaking havoc on our bodies.

tips to sit correctly to avoid painWhen we spend too long sitting in the same position, our backs can become stiff. The same muscles are supporting your body weight, and getting fatigued. In time, your familiar sitting habit can cause your spine to fall out of alignment.

Chiropractic adjustments can help to relieve back pain from sitting in desk all day long. However, on its own chiropractic care is not enough to keep you healthy. Learning some proper ways to sit at work can prevent you from putting strain on your back and spine and on making the problem worse.

Tips for Proper Sitting Posture

To keep your neck stable and support your shoulders, make sure that your workstation is at eye level. Sit at least 18 inches from your monitor, so that your arms and your upper torso aren't straining. Tilt your hips forward and place your back against the seat back. This proper sitting posture will support your hips and back. Try not to hunch forward or roll your shoulders inward, as this places unnatural stress on your muscles.

In addition to sitting properly, we recommend that you get up and take frequent short breaks throughout your workday. Get up for lunch, take a morning walk, or stand while you make your afternoon coffee. This gives your back muscles a more extended break, and can also help to refresh your energy levels at work.

Our staff are happy to demonstrate during your next appointment at Lifetime Health and Wellness, so don't be afraid to ask. If you've experienced back pain from sitting at a desk, what are some of the ways that you have tried to address this pain?

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