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Back pain and neck pain: Is it from sitting at your desk?

Sitting on a chair is dangerous!! Without corrective exercises, long periods at a desk will create chronic dysfunction. The sitting position causes tightness and excessive flexion of the body. The results can be lower back pain, neck pain and possibly headache or migraines. Think ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame.’

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So what can you do about back pain and neck pain?

Firstly, remove the possibility that the cause of pain is from sitting incorrectly i.e. poor posture. Check that you have the best ergonomics for your work desk and computer. Here is a quick guide.

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Next look at a corrective exercise program that will reverse the excessive flexion of the spine and improve your posture. This can be broken down into 3 parts:

1. Stretching and trigger point

Sometimes the easiest and quickest results come from releasing and lengthening tight muscles. Generally, these are your anterior chain muscles. This includes your quads, hip flexors, lower back, chest and upper neck. Here are some office based mobility and stretching exercises that you can do in your chair.

2. Strength program

Some muscles to strengthen and tighten are your smaller “postural” muscles and your antagonist (opposite) muscles. This includes your lower abnormal, transverse abdominal, gluteus and latissimus dorsi, which bring your body into extension. Any individual strength program recommendations should follow a postural  assessment completed by a qualified health care professional such as a Corrective Exercise Personal Trainer, Physiotherapy or Osteopath. Unfortunately, these recommendations generally will not include the “sexy” muscles e.g. Quads, Pecs, Deltoids, 6 pack abs

3. Core exercises

The core muscles deserve a category of their own. They play such an important role in correcting and maintaining good posture and fighting excessive flexion. Generally referred to as our stabilising muscles, their primary role is to ensure spinal stability. Our core muscles comprise of up to 35 different muscle groups and strengthening them is not as simple as just doing sit ups. The firing sequence, muscles length tension and correct activation are all critical to ensuring optimal function to help reduce back pain and neck pain. Some exercises suitable for this area are core strength classes or Pilates inspired exercises . These focus on your lower abnormal and transverse abdominal muscles.

These core exercises should also include correct breathing techniques  With an estimated 80% of people having a breathing dysfunction, breathing exercises strengthen the upper core muscle of the diaphragm.

Who would have thought that sitting could be that dangerous? The problem is not the sitting but the amount of time we sit, which creates these chronic dysfunctions, leading to lower back pain, neck pain, headache and migraines. You now have some information to do something about it, so that you do not suffer these chronic pains. Prevention is always better than the pain and the corrective exercise cure!!

Advice from a qualified health care professional in this area is always recommended in determining individual pain and dysfunctions. If you would like to investigate this further, we are happy to help; just call or contact us.  

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