At Switch Physio we are seeing more and more people with back pain and are presenting with very similar symptoms and the same type of question
“How did I hurt my back, I woke up with this pain?”
Our team shares the learnings we get from treating so many patients with different health scenarios, it helps us to discover trends or emerging health concerns. What we found was a very similar pattern where the people all had typical desk jobs. Australian’s spend most of their adult life in the workplace and for a large number of people, work involves sitting at a computer desk in an office. This means that more often than not we are sitting for 8 or more hours a day, more than 40 hours a week.
Here are the areas of health that his is impacting
So what happens when prolonged sitting is combined with poor posture?
Numerous studies highlight the relationship between prolonged sitting and poor posture with the development of back and neck pain. Due to poor posture while sitting, many individuals often adapt a more bent forward trunk position. This increases the pressure on the spinal discs and ligaments which can lead to back and neck pain from a number of sources.
Prolonged sitting often occurs with seated computer work. When combined with poor posture, there is an increased static loading of muscles and ligaments in both the back and neck. As a result of prolonged loading and stretching of the muscles and ligaments, individuals (such as yourselves) have an increased risk of developing muscular pain in the neck, shoulders and back.
The negative effects of poor posture and sitting are worsened with age as muscular strength naturally decreases as we grow older. As the muscles of the neck and back weaken, they are less capable of supporting the spine and the large amount of force that is placed on the spine every minute of the day. As a result, there is increased pressure on the ligaments and structures of the spine and may result in damage causing pain.
We explain 9 x ways you can put an end to back pain and stiffness.