Many residents of Huntington Beach now spend the majority of the day sitting down which can cause many types of back pain and spinal injuries. Whether it’s driving to and from the office, sitting down at a desk in front of a computer screen during your work day or just lounging on the couch in your home, many people spend more time sitting than ever before.

Americans are sitting an average of 13 hours a day and sleep an average of 8 hours resulting in a very sedentary lifestyle.

Sitting for long hours leads to many cases of  lower back pain, neck pain, painful joints, nerve issues and herniated disc injuries. The human body was designed to stand and move around for the majority of the day, the pressure on the spine from sitting down for extended periods of time isn’t natural and leads to bad body posture. Bad body posture can  lead to slipped disc. What happens is the muscles that support your spine become stiff in weak and results in lower back pain.

If you sit down all the time, you are causing your blood to flow slower, which means your muscles are not burning enough fat. That results in fatty acids clogging up your heart. Sitting for long periods will also damage your pancreas and may even increase your chances of getting colon cancer. Sitting even increases the chances of lung cancer and uterine cancer by at least 50 percent.

If you have a job that requires you to sit for long periods of time it’s important that you take preventive measures to avoid chronic back pain and spinal injuries.

  • Stretch – take the time to do some office stretching exercises every hour if possible just for a few minutes. This can relieve a lot of pressure on your spine
  • Standing Desk – Standing desks are becoming more popular and affordable. Standing desks allow people to work in a standing position.
  • Standing station – If possible, have a designated place in your office where you can stand and do some work.
  • Walking break – On your lunch break or whenever you get a chance go for a walk around the block and get some fresh air.

It’s easy to avoid back injuries and chronic back pain from office jobs, you just have to give it come thought and make sure you take the time to keep your body healthy.

If you have chronic back pain or are suffering from spinal injury due to a sitting down office job or anything else, our Huntington Beach chiropractors can help. We provide expert diagnosis and treatment for back pain and spinal injuries. Make an appointment for a chiropractic exam today with Dr. Khreich and our friendly team of chiropractors and certified massage therapists at Fitness Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Huntington Beach, CA.