How Sitting Contributes to Back Pain

If you have a desk job, you may suffer from body aches and pains at the end of the day. Even if you have a mostly sedentary job, you can take some steps to reduce your risk of chronic or acute back pain. Here’s a look at how sitting all day contributes to back pain and what you can do to break the cycle. 

Poor PostureMan experiencing back pain at his desk

Poor posture is the biggest cause of work-related back pain. When sitting at your desk, you should adjust your chair’s back and seat so that your feet can be firmly on the ground, with your thighs tilted slightly downward, while your back is pressed against the back of the chair. Keep your head level and your shoulders straight. Adjust your computer monitor so that the center of the monitor is at eye level. 

Repetitive Stress Injuries

Depending on how you have your workstation laid out, you might develop repetitive stress injuries while you work at a desk all day. Reaching and bending to get certain work supplies can put strain on your lower back, as well as your shoulders, upper back, and arms. If you arrange your workstation so that frequently used items are within arm’s reach, you can reduce repetitive stress and strain. 

Preventing Back Pain

You can reduce your risk of back pain, repetitive stress injuries, and other work-related aches and pains. Using a sit-stand desk allows you to alternate between sitting and standing while working. This relieves pressure on the lumbar spine and muscles of the lower back. A standing desk can also improve circulation, reduce inflammation and stiffness, and improve metabolism and cardiovascular health.  

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