Working from home? Stiff neck? Sore back?
Over the last few months patients of mine have reported an increase in the time that they spend sitting…whether it be because they are recently working from home, not heading out and about on weekends or due to business lockdowns. This has resulted in aches and pains similarly experienced to those who work at a desk all day and occasionally includes an around trip of up to 2 hours travel or even drivers who are tasked with travelling long hours in a seated position.
To combat these aches and pains we need to ensure we maintain our mobility, take a break to have a walk, stretch and reset ideally at least once every hour for 5 minutes. Common areas of the body affected by prolonged sitting can be the hip flexor muscles which can cause low back, hip and mid back pain as well as the muscles which pull our shoulders forward, leading to neck and shoulder pain as well as headaches.
Some common ways to reduce the chance of these muscles being affected and reducing the likelihood of experiencing these pains are shown below: