If you work a desk job, you are probably familiar with the aches and pains that come from sitting all day. Back pain, neck or shoulder tension, headaches, or knee issues are common conditions associated with prolonged sitting. Steven Conway, Ph.D., a chiropractor and attorney in Wisconsin, and a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association, says “We were built to move. The non-moving is the hardest thing on us.” Sitting every day can alter joint mechanics and muscle length-tension relationships leading to a cycle of pain and injury.
What can you do?
Essentially, your body is made of short, tight muscles, and long, weak muscles. They need to be balanced to function and prevent aches and pains. So what can we do to make sure our muscles and joints stay balanced and pain free?
1. Correcting bad posture is the most important thing you can do to avoid pain. Sitting with bad posture for six to nine hours a day, five days a week can lead to imbalance in muscles and altered joint movements, leading to a cycle of injury, pain, or tissue trauma. Make sure your chair is at a comfortable height so that you don’t have to slouch, or look up or down at your computer screen.
2. Get moving! If you can, move and stretch every 20 minutes. Stretch your neck, shoulders, and back by looking up instead of down, pushing out your chest, or rolling your shoulders back. Get up and refill your water bottle, even take phone calls while walking around the office. Anything you can do to get moving and reset your body into a healthier position.
3. Exercise when outside the office. Stretching out muscles and weight training balances the push-pull of imbalanced muscles. You can strengthen the weak ones and stretch out the tight ones. Having strong core muscles can also help prevent back pain by taking stress off of the spine.
4. Supplementation and vitamins. Forté Elements Joint was developed to address the wear and tear associated with athletic overuse in your life and age-related deterioration. This product has nutrients to help reduce osteoarthritis-related joint pain and promote collagen production to restore joint flexibility.