Sitting at your desk for long hours can so often result in back pain. In fact when I was living in London, I actually ended up on a walking stick for several months due to a bad back. That's a whole story I must tell you about sometime....... not a good one but an interesting one...
I recently came across Physio Gym who were talking about some tips to ease back pain caused by office life. Even though so many of us have mobile offices, we still are subject to 'chair care' - so I thought I'd ask my friends to give us some tips to look after our backs.
Did you know that 70-90% of Australians experience back pain at some point in their life?
‘Simple back pain’ is the most common form experienced by sufferers and is usually caused by the mechanical overload of soft tissue in the spine. Prolonged sitting, poor posture, incorrect lifting and physical stress, are all factors that may trigger this.
Not only does back pain cause considerable discomfort but it is proven to affect a persons work performance, family life, fitness and mental health-increasing psychological distress by 2.6 times!
Matthew Squire, founder of Physio Gym physiotherapy, shares with us 5 tips to ease the symptoms:
- For every hour spent sitting, put aside 5 minutes to exercise
- Keep a glass of water on your desk, rather than a bottle so it encourages you to get up and refill it
- Stretch regularly whilst sitting, particularly your neck and spine. Spinal twists and hip flexors are good example of exercises.
- Invest in ergonomic equipment proven to minimize pain and discomfort, whilst increasing work productivity.
- Organize ‘walk and talk’ meetings, spending more time on your feet and less time in your seat.
With a few minor adjustments, you can enjoy your day at work pain free!