How a Sedentary Lifestyle Affects Your Health
From an evolutionary (and survival) standpoint, the invention of technology took us very quickly from an active “moving” species to a population that sits an average of 13 hours per day. Add sleeping hours to that and it leaves very few hours, or even minutes, to be active. Inactivity is making us chronically sick and putting a huge burden on our health care system. It’s unfortunately a very sad reality of the world today.
How to Make Sure Your Desk Job Isn't a Pain in The Neck
Neck pain is one of the most common physical complaints among adults around the world, and it is an even worse problem among people who work office jobs that require them to use a computer for most of the day.
Bad Posture Leads to Back and Neck Pain
Do you suffer from back or neck pain? If so, you are not alone. University of Carolina researchers found that 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain in their lifetime with losses of over $100 billion a year stemming from decreased worker efficiency and healthcare costs. Back pain appears to be on the rise, especially with the advent of technology. Children grow up hunched over phones and tablets playing games only to grow up finding themselves hunched over their keyboard at work. According to the European Journal of Pain, there is a correlation between age and back pain, with a 13% increase in chances of death for those with chronic back pain in later life.
Posture Pump states that most back and neck pain is attributed to poor posture. Since the neck and spine are connected, a problem in one area can lead to problems in the other. When you are slumped over your computer you are putting a lot of pressure on the muscles in your neck and back leading to aches and pains. Spine Health confirms that this long exposure to poor posture puts unneeded stress on one’s joints, muscles, and spine leading to further pain.
The importance of good posture is clear for our health and well-being. What is the ideal posture then? The Cleveland Clinic states that one should sit
Using a Sit-Stand Desk to Alleviate Neck Pain
As we age, it is common to experience an increase in aches and pains, especially in our back and neck. Nearly 25% of men experience cervical (neck) pain with radiation to the arm by age 45. However, certain jobs, working conditions, or workplace habits can exacerbate these problems or even cause them to start happening earlier than they would otherwise. The good news is that with changes in lifestyle and workstation equipment, these symptoms can improve and even go away completely.
For example, a naval officer presented with severe cervical myelopathy. Cervical myelopathy is a condition caused by the compression of the spinal cord in the neck. It causes symptoms such as pain, numbness, weakness in the neck or arms, and problems with coordination, though not all patients experience the same symptoms and some may not even experience much pain. Cervical myelopathy is normally treated with a movement-restricting collar, physical therapy, pain medication, or, in the most severe cases, surgery.
After the naval officer was diagnosed with cervical myelopathy, he purchased a sit-stand desktop workstation from FlexiSpot. The default workstation setup is a traditional desk and office chair, at which the employee sits for 8+ hours a day. Sitting with poor posture can compress and contort the spine, leading to complications such as cervical myelopathy.
Switching to a sit-stand desk allows you to spend at least part of the day standing up, which is what our bodies were designed to do. The key is to stand with correct posture and to use an anti-fatigue mat, which alleviates some of the stress placed on your joints by providin
The Correlation Between Neck Posture and Tension Headaches
Many employees would say that their jobs can be a pain in the neck. This may be a figure of speech, but it can be a reality when so much time is spent sitting in an office with less than ideal posture. So what happens when our daily posture causes pain, particularly tension headaches?