Posture the Sitting Epidemic:- From fit and healthy to chronic back pain with no more than sitting at your desk
Most working Australians have to spend most of their time in a prolonged sitting position, this habit is also transferred to our daily lives, which significantly increases the risks of developing long term chronic conditions. Posture the sitting epidemic is about improving people awareness of postural problem and educating them about trying to be active for at least 30 minutes every day to decrease the risk of developing long term chronic conditions.
A recent study in Australia has suggested that by alternating between sitting and standing every 30 minutes could help decrease the chances of developing lower back pain and/or limb pain, it could also help you feel less fatigue. The study uses sitting and standing as a physical activity, but there are also other ways to be active in your workspace, simple activities like performing sit to stand on your work chair or taking a walk during breaks are great ways to stay active.
Sitting too much may be the main reason why most people suffer from lower back pain, but there are also other common causes of lower back pain that may not be from sitting too much, this includes: poor posture, poor muscle activation sequence, poor muscle flexibility, being overweight and stressed. The best way to prevent or manage lower back pain is to exercise in a safe and effective manner.
At Hoys Physiotherapy, we offer structured exercise programs for people who suffer from lower back pain, such as 8 week BOUNCE back spinal stability program supervised by our physiotherapist and exercise physiologist, this program breaks up functional movememts of everyday life (e.g. sit to stand) and progressively trains you to perform those movements with the correct muscle group, reducing stress on your lower back.
If you are interested in exercise programs like BOUNCE back, please feel free to contact our team at Hoys Physiotherapy to make a booking.
For more information about the recent study in Australia:https://news.yahoo.com/stints-standing-while-working-may-re…