Sitting – One of the Causes of Office Pain
One of the main causes of pain when working in an office is sitting and holding the same position for a lengthy period. It is known as static loading. Over time, this causes strain on the same parts of the body and can lead to fatigue in the tissues, often resulting in an injury.
So what can you do about it?
Try to mix up standing and sitting and some exercise. Even fidgeting causes movement and can help relieve the strain. So many parts of our bodies are affected by each movement. Moving our backs helps to avoid back pain and keep the spinal fluid circulating – so important for avoiding early spinal degeneration which is common in sedentary workers. Read about degenerative disk disease here.
Sitting up straight is a good habit – as your mother told you!
Our mothers always told us to sit like this, hoping we would have perfect posture. But they did not know how much sitting our generation was going to do!
If you are working at a desk it is helpful to sit like this:
- Elbows about 90 degrees
- Arms close to sides
- Relax shoulders
- Don’t lean forward
- Lower back may be supported
- Feet flat on the floor
Exercises to do in your chair
There are plenty of exercises which you can do in your chair eg. chair push ups by putting your hands on the arms of the chair and pushing yourself up off the seat, lifting your legs up off the ground and holding them there for a few seconds or turn your head and shoulders sideways and look back over your shoulder in each direction.
You can encourage yourself to move easily while you sit by sitting on a Swiss Ball instead of a chair or using a soft, inflatable Aircycle exerciser – under the desk for circulation and lower body movement and on top of the desk to exercise and relax your shoulders, wrists and fingers.
So sit up straight, move while you sit and don’t forget to laugh occasionally. That massages your internal organs and helps you relax.