I hurt my back by spending long hours at my desk for many years. This is now recognized a fairly common reason for back problems. “It is one of the major reasons why back pain is so prevalent, and increasing year on year. Sitting at a desk for long periods encourages us to adopt a forward postural position, where our backs round and become what is known as ‘kyphotic’ (a forward rounding of the back). Increased kyphosis in the spine is often a sign of poor posture and is directly related to rounded shoulders.”
- Ditch al-desko lunches. Even a 10-minute walk round the block will make a difference.
- Move it. Ideally get up and move every 30 minutes. Even a a two-minute walk will make a difference.
- Get a stand-up desk When standing, blood doesn’t pool in the legs like it can when sitting for long periods, which is good news for health all round. Stand-up desks can also encourage you to move more frequently.
- Stretch it out There are plenty of simple stretches you can do at or near your desk to ward off aches, get that blood pumping.Specific exercises are in this article