August 6, 2017
There are many people with lower back pain that don’t realize that their mid and upper back are probably suffering also. But if you think about it, if you’re getting back pain from sitting too much, you’re probably getting a rounded upper back and your head protrudes a little forward.
This is natural for anyone who is behind a desk or a steering wheel all day. There are some exercises that you can do. Some are discreet and you can do them at your desk. Then others you may need a little more room for.
“They can be especially useful for those aching back pains that come on from sitting for long periods, although they can be useful for sciatica – that is, leg pain, tingling or numbness that originates from the nerves in the back. It is best to be seen by your physiotherapist or physician before commencing [with these exercises] to ensure that they are the best thing for you.”
As with pretty much all exercise, if you experience pain when doing the stretches, stop and get checked out by a physio to ensuring you’re not compounding any major issues.
With the advent of the standing desk, posture pro tips, and even a new study that suggests sitting is the new smoking, there’s a plethora of information that confirms spending hours upon hours in a chair is a big no-no for health reasons (we even touched on a few points ourselves in a Be Well post of yore). But if you’re reading this from behind your desk, you know the dilemma. As a full-time working professional, sitting is quite literally part of the job.
So, what do you do to make sure your desk isn’t negatively affecting your health? To start, we suggest trying the nine exercises below, which can all 100 percent be done at—or around—your desk. Together, they will work the muscles that suffer most during your 8-hour work day.
Make sure you read the whole article as I couldn’t include all the exercises here.