Does Working From Home Mean You Are Over-Sitting?

Take a minute to think about how often you’re sitting each day to determine if it could be leading to back problems.

It’s commonly accepted among experts that lower back pain is related to prolonged sitting. And let’s face it, in today’s world we spend plenty of time during our day doing exactly that. For many of us we’ve seen plenty of changes to our daily life which involves sitting most of our day whilst working and we even sit to watch television after our workday is over. Now we don’t have the added benefit of perhaps the daily walk into work, or meet friends during your lunch break.

It seems that the only time we’re not sitting is when we’re moving from one location to the next. Because this is how we’re living, it should come as no surprise that back pain can be a pretty common problem.

Sitting is the New Smoking

While we’re not suggesting that you stop sitting, what you should do is take some simple steps to minimise the impact by making your environment more back friendly.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Take interval breaks throughout your day
  • Change your position as often as you sensibly can
  • Get up and walk every 45 minutes
  • Stretch your spine throughout the day
  • Make sure you’re not sit on inappropriate seating like the sofa
  • Take a prolonged break from the workspace at lunch – take a walk around your local area for a good stretch
  • Invest in a new height adjustable desk

If you’re dealing with frequent back pain that seems to be sticking around, consider contacting our practice for an appointment by calling 01603 414740 or contacting us through email or our online enquiry form.

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