If you haven’t discovered already, it won’t take you long to figure out that sitting all day is bad for your body. The majority of clients that pass through our clinics will commonly have a job that involves sitting at as desk for most of the day. A large amount of the population find themselves hunched over their keyboard for up to eight hours a day, 5 days a week. That’s a lot of hunching hours which are having a negative impact on your posture.
One of the most common reasons for clients visiting our clinics is with the uncomfortable symptoms associated with Sciatica. Classic sciatic pain normally affects one leg and is a discomfort that starts in the lower back, transfers through the buttocks (Gluteals), travels down the back of the upper leg, through the knee and into the foot.
Back pain effects millions of people every year with 1 in 3 adults suffering specifically from lower back pain at least once in their lifetime. The pain and discomfort generally lasts from a few days to weeks but in some cases people can be suffering for months to years, depending on the cause of the pain and treatment received.
Apparently there’s a condition out there called “text neck” that is caused by looking down at phones and handheld devices too regularly for far too long. Could this be you? Aching in your upper back, rounded shoulders with a protruding neck, neck pain and even headaches?
In late 2012 a muscle in my back went into spasm and I had never appreciated how painful a back injury could be. At the time I was working in an office and sitting at a desk all day, which contributed to, and compounded the problem. The pain was so immense that I had to take time off work as I was unable to sit on a chair, the least painful position was lying down.
Many of you will spend hours during the day, probably sitting at a desk, in a flexed position which puts unnecessary pressure on your lower back and lumbar spine region. In order to counter this static flexed posture you need to stretch your body into full extension. One of the ways in which you can do this is by using a swiss ball.
Did you know that back pain is the the No1 reason for absence in manual jobs in the UK and the No2 reason for long term sickness within UK offices? Back pain limits your activity rate and costs UK employers £624 million per year. The NHS spends more than £1 billion a year on back pain related treatments ranging from GP consultations, hospital appointments and physiotherapy sessions.