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How Prolonged Sitting Damages Your Spine
Sitting down for prolonged periods of time – even around 20 minutes – can put immense pressure on the spine if we aren’t conscious of our posture which can cause our shoulders to slump forward. Discomfort, numbness and spine misalignment are all caused by long office hours and sitting in front of the computer for too long.
When you sit, you are distorting the natural curve of the spine, which means your muscles surrounding the spine need to readjust to keep the spine in place. This starts to cause tension and weakens the muscles over time creating less support for the spine.
How Prolonged Sitting Damages Your Joints
Joints such as your hips suffer greatly when sitting for long periods of time. Your hips become tight and begin to have limited range of motion as they are not extended enough through regular walking breaks. This is the same for other joints such as your knees that are kept locked in a similar position and don’t get regular extension.
When the spine is misaligned it can cause havoc in other areas of your body including your joints so make sure you look after your spine so your spine can promote good alignment and less tension throughout your body.
How To Prevent Further Damage
It’s important to make sure you get up from sitting and move your body for 2 minutes every 20 minutes. Make sure you stretch out your back and check your posture by keeping your shoulders back and straight with your spine. Walking around for a couple of minutes will give a break to your muscles lessening the tension.
It’s also important to be aware of your posture every 20-30 minutes and it could be a good idea to set an alarm on your phone to remind you to check. Being aware of posture during sitting will help reduce the strain put on your back and joints and together with having regular breaks will hugely reduce long-term back pain.
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