Sitting for long hours can be quite a challenge for a lot of us. However, sitting in a bad posture could be much more destructive, say experts. Posture refers to the way an individual holds alignment of spine in the body with all its adjoining structures. It includes every single movement that a person makes. Poor posture puts your spine under a great deal of pressure.
Most people are familiar with the tell-tale look of ageing – the slouching posture that makes men look small and feeble. Age can wear down the discs in your spine, which causes them to compress. Moreover, posture can worsen with age and cause back, neck, and shoulder pain. Adopting corrective lifestyle habits can help you stand up straighter.
Health problems arising from prolonged periods of sedentary work:
- Eye strain.
- Neck pain.
- Stress on shoulders.
- Pain and swelling in between neck and shoulders.
- A tingling or numb sensation (Pins and needles sensation).
- Cervical pain.
- Spinal problems.
- Cervical spondylitis.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Manasi Pawar, a consultant Physiotherapist from Pune, said, “If you constantly sit in one place for a long time, then there is a possibility developing back pain problems. You can also experience headaches and muscular problems.”
Dr Pawar added, “These problems are largely seen among people who have a sedentary lifestyle and work in IT firms and corporate offices. I see at least five to six people who complain about back problems on a daily basis.”
Dr Manasi further said, “We also go to give lecture in many IT companies. We inform them about the problems that they may face they sit for a prolonged period of time. We ask the not to sit for too long, teach them neck and shoulder exercises and advise them to take breaks to move around. Or exercise for at least half an hour a day.”
What precautions to take while sitting at the desk all day?
- Try and maintain a correct posture.
- Select a proper chair.
- Move your feet once in awhile.
- Do shoulder and neck exercises.
- Meditate at home.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Shreerang Limaye, an orthopaedic surgeon from Devayani Hospital, Pune, said, “Officers workers are prone to developing back and neck problems due to the sedentary nature of their work. There are at a serious risk of developing cervical spondylitis. Therefore, it is necessary for a person to improve their posture while sitting in the office all day. Also, keeping the computer screen at eye level is necessary. This problem is mostly witnessed among people working in the IT field. I see at least five to six patients which such complaints per day.”