Sit at a computer all day? Here’s what it does to your body (and how we can help)
Do you sit at a computer all day, sit on your way to and from work, sit at home during meals and then sit more for leisure time? You may be racking up more than eight hours of sitting time each day and you’re not alone! A recent study conducted by the CDC found that roughly 1 out of 4 U.S. adults sits for more than eight hours a day on average. All of this sitting is wreaking havoc on our bodies. Sitting all day has been deemed the “new smoking” for the negative effects it has on your overall health and well-being. Leg and glute muscles lose strength, shoulders tense and posture worsens when sitting for longer than an hour at a time. Prolonged, daily sitting causes hip flexors to shorten and tighten. Poor posture while sitting can cause compression on the discs in your spine possibly leading to premature degeneration of the spine and chronic pain.
The experts at Brielle Integrated Healthcare have the experience and skillset to help you regain strength, improve posture and put an end to chronic pain caused by sitting at a computer all day. Here’s how our services can help you:
Relax Muscles and Reduce Tension
A Therapeutic Massage with Brielle’s certified massage therapists can provide relief from chronic health conditions caused by sitting at a computer daily. Your therapist will manipulate the superficial and deep layers of muscle and connective tissue to restore proper muscle function and promote muscle relaxation.
Realign neck and spine
Chiropractic adjustments can greatly improve your neck and back pain as well as pain experienced throughout the body caused by maintaining a seated position hours each day. For over 120 years, millions of people around the world have benefitted from Chiropractic adjustments. The experienced Chiropractors at Brielle Integrated Healthcare utilize multiple techniques determined by your individual health needs.
Regain and Maintain Strength
An important aspect of battling pain caused by sitting all day is regaining and then maintaining strength in the core, hamstrings and glutes while also elongating the hip flexors. The licensed physical therapists at Brielle Integrated Healthcare welcome you to come in for a free consultation to discuss your specific needs. Combined with massage and chiro, physical therapy can restore your strength and reduce overall pain and fatigue.
In addition to working with our integrated healthcare team, take a Stand to stop further muscle loss and pain! Consider converting or replacing your sitting desk to a standing desk which can alleviate lower back pain. Begin by using the standing desk 30 – 60 minutes a day and slowly add on time spent standing. Integrate stretching into your daily routine and make sure to get up and walk around at least once each hour while sitting. Remember, stopping further pain and muscle loss is just as important as treating your current pain.