Sitting all day is hard on your body. From constant spinal pressure to an increased risk of heart attack, if you’re stuck in a chair for hours at a time, you may be putting your future at risk. To reduce the risk of back and neck pain, you will need to make some habit changes and get some help.
Massage can help to reduce muscular tension that builds up in your neck and shoulders. It can also increase circulation to your lower back and legs, reducing your risk of developing tight hip flexors and weakened or seized muscles in the buttocks. If your bottom is weak or lacking in flexibility, it will put the rest of your spine at risk. Having tight hip flexors can cause a great deal of pain when you do get the chance to walk. It can also shorten your stride and cause painful muscle tightness in your quads. By getting a quality deep tissue massage, you can release these crucial muscles and reduce stress around your hips and lower back.
Get Up and Move
If you have a smartphone, you likely have a timer. Set your timer to beep once every hour to encourage you to get out of your chair and move around. Change up your movements each time you stand. Stretch your upper back or gently stretch your neck from side to side, then front to back. If you’ve been staring at your monitor for a while, stretch gently and very slowly. Do something while standing that you never do in your chair to avoid repetitive motions that can cause pain. Repetitive motions at your job can lead to a number of injuries to your nerve tissue.
Set Your Tools Correctly
Get your monitors at the right height to avoid having to look up or down constantly. If possible, get a standing or treadmill desk to let you do your job while shifting from foot to foot or raising up on your toes. If you hunch your shoulders because your elbows sit on the arms of your chair, lower the arms or get a chair with no arms.
Holding one position for hours at a time will cause muscle stiffness and may lead to nerve pain. Whenever possible, change your position by stretching your arms, standing, rising up on your toes or shifting your weight from foot to foot. Modern conveniences have made it possible to greatly reduce the amount of physical work we need to do, but our bodies must move.
If you are having pain from sitting down at work all day, contact us to schedule a massage so you can get some relief!