Avoiding back pain from sitting at a desk

Avoiding back pain from sitting at a desk

It is hard sitting at a desk all day and the only movement you get is to reach for the bottle of Pepsi in your bag. Trust me, we’ve all been there before. As new age humans, everything about what we do is usually hunched forward and seated, whether it be at a computer or on a phone, generally leaving us in unnecessary pain. If you work in an office you are pretty much in this position all day. This increases your chance of getting desk back pain. This can cause havoc on your body – if you suffer from this then you will know exactly what we mean. Your whole body feels tense all the time, right? 

Today we will be outlining what you can do to relieve this back pain from sitting at a desk, but also what you can do to prevent the pain from getting worse! 

Pain Relief Strategy 1.

Stand up and walk! 

This can be a little touchy as some managers may think you aren’t doing any work if you step away from the desk., However, we recommend that you avoid sitting down for the whole 8 to 10-hour shift as this will increase your chances of getting back pain from sitting at a desk all day! We always direct our clients to stand up for 10 minutes at 30 minutes intervals throughout the day. This allows your hips to loosen up and means they’re not stuck in a flexed position for 4 hours at a time. 

Pain Relief Strategy 2.

Eat out for lunch! 

You may have a ton of work to get done which is fair enough, but if you have the chance to eat lunch outside of your workplace, then do it. Eating out will not only give you a well earned mental break but your body will thank you for it. Fresh air and a chance to stretch your legs are all you need sometimes. 

Pain Relief Strategy 3.

Mobilise more! 

Wake up earlier and take your body through a few mobility drills. Doing so will not only mentally fire you up but will also blow off the old cobwebs surrounding your joints and loosen your back, avoiding desk back pain.  

These may seem like very simple strategies to help alleviate the everyday pains that a modern lifestyle brings but trust us when we say that doing these things will notably improve your quality of life, leaving you pain free. Trust us. 

Are you struggling with niggles and pains that just won’t disappear? Or back pain that you know has been caused by sitting at a desk? Get in touch with our Manchester Personal Training team at FORM to book in for your free consultation and discover exactly how we can help rid you of your back pain once and for all and get you fighting fit. 

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