Physical injury and repetitive motions can lead to back pain – but did you know that sitting at a desk all day can also increase the risk of back pain? This week, Dynamic Health examines the most common causes of back pain in today’s desk-based digital world.
The Importance of Posture
Whether you’re sitting at an office desk or posting a Facebook status 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.
Protect the health of your spine with these posture tips:
- Make sure your head is in-line with torso and level to body.
- Keep hands, wrists and forearms straight and parallel to floor.
- Keep elbows close to body at a 90-120 degree angle.
- Ensure that your feet are resting flat on the floor.
- Cushion your back with additional lumbar support.
Stand Longer, Sit Less
If you work in an office environment, you probably spend most of your day sitting at a desk in front of a computer screen. 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 awkwardly at your desk can also be the cause of chronic headaches.
At Dynamic Health, we are dedicated to providing you with the best pain management treatments for back pain. Our SRS Therapy™ (Spinal Reconditioning System) protocols incorporate a combination of diagnostics, injections, rehabilitative treatments and chiropractic adjustments.
Have other treatments proven ineffective in managing chronic pain? Call Dynamic Health at 704-525-6288 to schedule a consultation! Be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for all the latest in health, wellness and pain management news!