The world we live in today is dominated by computers, smart phones, iPads, tablets, TVs and the list goes on. Just commuting back and forth to work for most people can account for a few hours! Unfortunately, being so inactive can wreak havoc on your body in so many ways that certain issues will become unavoidable. Here are some of the issues and what you can do to help stop the progression.
1.Upper body issues
It probably goes without saying that neck and shoulder pain go hand in hand if you sit at a desk for too long, but it’s worth repeating that you’ll eventually find yourself with this type of pain if you do nothing. Poor posture is a big one here and it’s crucial to not be leaning forward at your computer to look at the monitor. When you sit for too long, you slow the flow of oxygen to your brain, but by getting up and moving around, you can help ease tension in your upper body, but also keep your brain sharp.
2. Back problems
Another issue that is seen frequently is low back pain. The culprit is often poor posture as well. Be sure to sit up at your desk, don’t crouch or slump. Just being aware of how your body sits is a good first step to making positive changes.
3. Organ Deterioration
Certain diseases such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease and colon cancer have been linked to sitting too long. Now this doesn’t mean that just because you sit at a desk that you’re going to get these, but they’ve been known to happen to people because of inactivity and low blood flow to the organs. What can you do? Regular movement is all it takes. Take a short break every 30 minutes, get a drink of water or stand up and stretch. It doesn’t have to be very long at all, but it makes a huge difference in your body.
What changes can you make?
We’ve already talked about getting up and taking short breaks while you’re at work, but really you NEED to do it. This isn’t something you can just think about or have good intentions, you have to really get up. We promise your body will thank you. Working out and being active before or after work is a great way to improve blood flow to your brain and muscles. Lastly, take a good hard look at your desk at work. Is it ergonomic? Do you need a standing desk? Can your monitor be moved up? What about your keyboard? There’s a lot of ways you can improve your working environment with just a few tweaks!
When those aches and pains do come, come see us.
At Straight Up Chiropractic, in Tigard Oregon, we work with you to keep your body moving well and your posture optimized. Our goal is to get you back to living your life.