Let’s face it, generally speaking we are all workaholics who don’t get enough activity in our daily lives. Whether it is sitting in our cars for long, painful commutes, being tied down to a desk job with poor ergonomic set-ups and bad posture, or planting ourselves on a couch after the bulk of the day is done, we are a sedentary culture! Who knew doing a bunch of nothing all day could be so bad for your body?
There are lots of problems we create for our bodies that we have the ability to correct by making small, incremental changes. For example, when you sit for long periods of time, the muscles of your hips can become incredibly tight, and when not attended to with proper stretching, will actually become shortened and pull your pelvis out of symmetry. Without proper attention, those shortened and tightened muscles will lead to more than just a little bit of discomfort; low back pain, leg length discrepancy, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, sciatica, and pelvic obliquity…the list goes on and on. So what’s the good news? All of these conditions are manageable with the help of MVPT. Our team will teach you proper sitting posture, stretching exercises for your tight flexors, and ways of strengthening to address your symptoms and prevent recurrence in the future.
There isn’t much many of us can do about the nature of our jobs, but with proper guidance from your MVPT physical therapist you will gain an understanding of proper posture, stretching and body awareness to help your body survive “your 9-5” and be ready to join the action away from the office! If you can’t step away, here are some tips:
- You might start by simply standing rather than sitting when you have the chance or finding ways to walk while you work. For example:
- Take a break from sitting every 30 minutes.
- Stand while talking on the phone or watching television.
- If you work at a desk, try a standing desk — or improvise with a high table or counter.
- Walk with your colleagues for meetings rather than sitting in a conference room.
- Position your work surface above a treadmill — with a computer screen and keyboard on a stand or a specialized treadmill-ready vertical desk — so that you can be in motion throughout the day.
The impact of movement — even leisurely movement — can be profound. For starters, you’ll burn more calories. This might lead to weight loss and increased energy. Also, physical activity helps maintain muscle tone, your ability to move and your mental well-being, especially as you age.
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