Did you know that 80% of us will get back pain at some point in our lives?
Have a look at the picture below – which one of these men is most likely to have on going recurrent low back pain in your opinion? The tradie, the admin guy or the sports guy?
Believe it or not – it’s most likely to be the admin guy! WHY?
Do you remember the testing chairs you see in ikea – they have the weight and press arm that comes down – it demonstrates that the chair works and can take x amount of weight / compression / pressure over x amount of time frame…
Now think of your spine like that : whilst we are up and down and around and MOVING our spine actually gets a rest and a break. The muscles are active and support our spine and the stress is relayed around joints, muscles, and ligaments.
NOW – picture the chair above with the lever pressing down and NOT releasing up – the pressure STAYS on the spine and it gets no relief – now that’s what’s happening to your spine if you spend most of the day sitting – the lower back becomes compressed, it bears the load of the weight of your upper body CONTINUALLY bearing down on your poor joints and ligaments and discs. SO YOU ARE LOADING YOUR SPINE ALL DAY LONG!!!!
There is no support for the spine as the muscles are not working to help and support and distribute the strain, blood flow is reduced, joint pressure increases – as does pressure on the disc – now remember these are pain sensitive structures so this will give you PAIN.
You don’t have to have lifted 50 kg or had a fall to have back pain – most get quite frustrated because they come in saying I have done nothing and my back just hurts…..
So – if you get pain after prolonged sitting – you are loading your spine and causing compression. If you get pain towards the end of the working day or working week – you are loading your spine and at risk of further damage.
If you are ACTIVE and moving around – you then recruit your muscle strength to take pressure off the joints an discs and absorb it in muscles which means LESS strain on your joints.
SO GO ON – stand up to answer the phone, get up and relieve pressure every 30 mins and look after your back – its the only one you’ve got!
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