how to help relieve back pain

Most people have suffered from low-back pain at one time or another, it is a common condition that affects millions of people every year. Although low-back pain can occur for any number of reasons, there is one cause of low-back pain that many doctors overlook—sitting.

Sitting all day at work is a recipe for back pain disaster. When sitting for extended periods, your upper thighs and hips can cause the pelvis to roll backward on the lumbar spine, which leads to disc herniation. If you’ve had a herniated disc in the past, then a new one is more likely to occur in the same place. The result is chronic low back pain and a life of agony that is much worse than an early retirement — permanent disability.

Back Pain 101

What Causes Chronic low back pain When You Sit All Day

Recent research has shown that people whose jobs require sitting as the main activity have an increased risk of developing chronic low back pain

Your back muscles are working throughout the day, even in your sleep, to see to it that your upper body gets enough support from all sides. Even when you think you are merely sitting and working at your desk, your back muscles are very much on duty, at their vigil, though you do not realize it.

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Not sitting upright gives even more trouble to the back. This eventually gives rise to chronic low back pain. Your back muscles are best maintained when you keep being active. They are not meant to be in one position all the time. So this is one major reason for your chronic back pain.

How To Reduce Back Pain at the Workplace

You need to choose an office chair that gives enough support to the back muscles. You are going to be sitting in that chair for hours on end, so not sitting right can again give rise to low back pain over a period of time. The hips are connected to the back and any strain on the hips can reflect on the general health of the back muscles. So make sure your back is totally free of strain while you are at work.

Be aware of the above problems and maintain a better posture to be free of chronic low back pain for the rest of your working life!

Photo by Jesper Aggergaard on Unsplash

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