Because Americans are increasingly sedentary, back problems are on the rise. Although standing for long periods of time can be much more painful, sitting for hours on end can actually damage your back. With that in mind, here are four ways to reduce your back pain while you’re at work:
When it comes to back pain, even the smallest issues can cause serious problems. If your chair is on an uneven surface, for example, you’ll spend your entire day unconsciously trying to correct for that imbalance—and the result will be sore muscles. Similarly, cradling your phone can create a massive crick in your neck if you do it often enough. Think about all the ways in which your office environment is unbalanced, and try to correct for them as well as you can.
Staying in the same position for several hours will cause your muscles to be sore and tense, so you need to get moving. Even doing something as simple as moving your weight from side to side can help alleviate the pain. For even better results, try coming up with reasons to walk every hour or so. Get up and walk to someone’s desk rather than calling across the office, get a cup of coffee, or take the stairs instead of the elevator when you can. Anything that gets your blood pumping is good for your body.
This is the hardest piece of advice to follow, but it’s also the most important. When people are emotionally stressed, they tend to tense their muscles, a reflex that can lead to long-term pain. Learn how to calm down and cool down, and your muscles will thank you for it.
If you’re suffering from lower back pain or any other kind of pain, consult with Dr. Douglas Allen of New York Pain Medicine. At New York Pain Medicine, we treat many varieties of pain through a combination of physical therapy and treatment options. For more information about pain management, call us at (888) 755-2664 today.
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