As you go through your day, you’re probably not aware of how much stress you’re putting on your back, at least until you feel it begin to hurt towards the end of the day. Depending on your lifestyle and/or job, you may be carrying things all day, or you may be sitting at a desk for eight hours. Whatever the case may be, there can be a number of seemingly harmless everyday activities that can lead to severe back pain. At the Colorado Spine Institute in Loveland, we can treat your back pain and help you become more aware of how you treat your back every day.
Proper Sitting Posture
If your job requires you to sit at your desk all day long, it’s important to have correct sitting posture in order to avoid back pain. Slouching or sitting at a desk that’s too low can cause you to hunch your shoulders, which bends your back. It’s important to have your chair and desk at an appropriate height, and if possible, stand at your desk for a few minutes each hour. Many companies now offer convertible standing/sitting desks that can help immensely with employee health. Taking a walk around the office and stretching a bit each hour can also help with proper spine health.
Your job may require you to walk and carry things all day (think delivery driver or postal worker). If that’s you, you probably get plenty of physical activity each day. If not, you may go to the gym or walk the dog after work, both of which are healthy activities. However, if you’re not aware of how you’re lifting, or you’re playing with the kids and you turn the wrong way while picking one of them up, you can seriously injure your back. Be mindful of how you move, and how your body is going to respond when you ask it to lift something.
At the Colorado Spine Institute, our mission is to help people overcome their back pain by providing effective treatment. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
Colorado Spine Institute
4795 Larimer Parkway
Johnstown, CO 80534
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