Experiencing lower back pain? How often are you moving around? Studies show that sitting down throughout the day is possibly one of the worst situations you can put your back in. This is because while sitting at a 90 degree angle you are putting a lot of weight and pressure on the lumbar (low back) region of the spine rather than spreading that force throughout your body. Take a minute to think about how your body adjusts your weight while you’re standing, your obliques, quads, hamstrings, glutes, abs, etc are all working together to bear the weight of your body, however, while sitting in a stationary position all of the weight is being held by your low back. The other muscles that would normally help do the job to help support you are now relaxed (think about why so many people have that flabby bum now-a-days).
Providing comfort to your low back area may be easier than you think, besides getting in for your regular adjustments, think about scheduling an extra visit with your chiropractor if you’re having a flair up. Also, remember to ice the sore areas, 20 minute on/ 20 min off for roughly 2 hours- stick to icing as adding heat will more than likely just aid the inflammation. In other terms of treatment, always remember to get up and walk around! Set an alarm on your phone at work to do walk a lap around your office every 30-60 minutes. Some other easy ideas could be: stand while talking on the phone, choose the farthest parking spot away from the office, or during a tv commercial break, do some squats (this activates the quads, glutes, and hamstrings to keep them nice and toned). Also, ask your chiropractor for a prescription for a standing desk and then present it to your employer.
Hopefully with some extra simple movements your core will stay strengthened enough to support your lumbar spine and ease the low back pain you may be experiencing from sitting for too long.