It’s no surprise that physical injury and repetitive motions can lead to back pain—but very few individuals realize that sitting at a desk for the majority of the day increases the risk of back pain. This week, Dynamic Health & Pain Management examines the most common causes of back pain in today’s desk-based digital world.
Whether you’re sitting at an office desk or surfing the internet at home, proper posture is crucial to maintaining the health and integrity of your back and spine. Slouching and leaning forward rather than sitting upright exaggerates the natural curves in your back.
This not only leads to muscle fatigue but also puts unnecessary amounts of pressure on the structures and nerves within your spine, which increases your risk of developing several spinal conditions such as herniated discs, cervical radiculopathy and spinal stenosis.
Help protect the health of your spine with these posture tips:
- Keep hands, wrists and forearms straight and parallel to floor.
- Make sure head is in-line with torso and level to body.
- Keep elbows close to body at an angle between 90-120 degrees.
- Ensure that feet are resting flat on the floor.
- Cushion back with lumbar support.
Long Periods of Sitting
Individuals who work in office environments tend to spend most of their days sitting at desks in front of computer screens. In addition to practicing proper posture, it is important that you take several short breaks throughout your day to walk around, relax your spine and stretch the muscles in your back.
Poor posture can cause chronic back and shoulder problems and could even cause internal organ problems. Sitting improperly at your desk can also be the cause of chronic headaches.
At Dynamic Health & Pain Management, our treatment protocols incorporate a combination of medical diagnostics, rehabilitative treatment options and chiropractic spinal adjustments. This approach allows us to deliver pain relief as quickly as possible, stabilize your condition and address the root cause of your pain, minimizing the likelihood of reoccurrence.
If you or a loved one suffer from back pain, it’s time to stop suffering and start living again.
To learn more about the benefits of pain management treatments, call Dynamic Health & Pain Management at 704-525-6288 to schedule a consultation. Our spine specialists can effectively address your back pain problems.