Believe it or not, one of the most common causes of disability for Americans under the age of 45 is back pain, and it’s a pretty consistent problem. There are more than 26 million people affected by lower back pain in the U.S. that are between the ages of 20 and 64 and who suffer from is on a regular basis. In addition to back pain, there are a number of unpleasant side effects of lower back pain that can seriously affect a person’s quality of life. One of the causes of lower back pain is sitting in a sedentary job. Here are three ways to prevent it and having to worry about treatment options.
1. Sit the Right Way
If you have to sit all day long, you really need to make sure you’re doing it the right way. Make sure that your feet are flat on the floor, thighs parallel with the floor, shoulders are back, and that your arms hang comfortably by your sides.
2. Move Around
Though it can be hard to avoid sitting for many hours a day, taking a few moments every couple of hours to get up and walk around can make a big difference. Maybe get up and take a couple of walking laps around the office and stretch out. Take a walk on your lunch break. Whatever you do, try to punctuate long hours of sitting with some sort of walk or stretch.
3. Make Your Work Space Ergonomic
Aside from sitting well and making sure to get up every few hours to walk around and stretch, making your work space more ergonomic can also help in preventing lower back pain. Try adjusting your desk or computer screen to a more comfortable level. Use an ergonomic keyboard and mouse. The easier your work space is to use, the more relaxed you’ll be, which means you won’t be straining your muscles.
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