Experts agree that pain in the lower back is often related to sitting for long periods of time. And most of us spend much of our time doing just that: sitting! Whether we're sitting during our commute to work, while we're working at our desks, or when relaxing in the evening in front of the TV, we spend a lot of time sitting.
It's almost as if the only time we aren't sitting is when we're moving from one seat to the next. Because sitting is such a common part of our day, it should not come as a surprise that lower back pain is an increasingly common problem.
Tips to Stop Over-Sitting
It is unrealistic to just stop sitting, but it is important to be mindful of how long you are sitting each day. Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce the negative impacts of sitting.
- Try to get up every hour to stretch your back and spine
- Frequently change your position
- Set an alarm to remind yourself to get up every 45 minutes and take a short walk or stretch your legs
- Take interval breaks throughout the day
By following these tips, you can help reduce the effects of over-sitting on your back. If you’re suffering from frequent back pain that doesn't seem to be going away, contact our practice today for an appointment.