Most of us spend more than half of our waking lives sitting. The average worker in Britain will spend nine hours a day sitting down. We sit during our commute to work, then we sit at a desk at work, and then we go home and sit on the couch. People with desk jobs typically spend more time sitting in an office chair each day than lying in a bed at night.

The more time that we stay seated, the more likely it is that our posture will suffer. You might feel completely comfortable when sitting down, but staying in the same position for long periods of time is bad for your spine.

When we sit down our postural muscles disengage, loading our weight onto the spine. Although our spine is designed to carry our weight, it is not as effective when we sit down. There is more pressure put on the lower back, which over time can negatively affect the bones and discs of the spine, causing joints and ligaments to become less mobile and shortening the hip flexors.

Regular exercise is very good for the lower back, but it needs to be appropriate exercise. While being stuck at a desk all day may be inevitable for many of us, there are always ways that you can always fit more activity into your day.

It is recommended that you try to stand for at least 2 hours of a working day, which doesn’t have to be all at once. But by making a conscious effort to increase the amount of standing and walking that you do you can reduce the damage that sitting down all day at work can cause. Just standing or moving around for a few minutes every half an hour or so will help to keep your spinal joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments loose and pain-free. There are plenty of simple exercises that you can do, even in the office, which will help reduce the stress on the spine. This will help get your blood moving, prevent stiffness and even help to build up strength.

Take a look at your office furniture. A chair that isn’t adjusted for your body will promote back problems. Investing in an ergonomic chair will help prevent discomfort by supporting the spine and keeping joints in a neutral position. You may also want to take a look at sit-stand desks. They allow you to alternate between sitting and standing by simply lowering or raising the work platform.

Other tips to consider include parking further away from the office, taking a walk during your lunch break and even doing some work whilst standing up. The idea is simply to reduce the amount of time that you spend sitting down throughout the day. Varying your posture is best for your spine, so don’t go to the other extreme and spend all day standing up. Mix sitting and standing with other natural movements throughout your workday.

Another thing that you can do is consult a local chiropractor. Chiropractic treatment primarily deals with the spine and how spine problems can affect the nervous system. A chiropractor will be able to realign your spine and improve your overall posture, restoring the spine and reducing stress.

You can find out more about the chiropractic services available at Backworks by calling us now on 01702 342329.