Lower back pain in office workers
About 80% of people will suffer lower back pain sometime during their lives. The over 45's are the most affected group. Thoses who spend a lot of time in a sitting position whether at home, in a vehicle or at work are also very much at risk.
Why does sitting for long periods cause us to suffer from lower back pain?
Quite simply because nature did not intend the spine for that purpose and most of us sit slumped in our chairs rather than keeping the spine in its natural curved position. Excessive strain is then put on the shock absorbing discs between the vertebrae - particularly in the lumbar region of the lower back and on the associated muscles and ligaments.
The all too common consequence is ruptured or 'slipped' discs with attendant pain and fatigue. Even sprained ligaments and consequent back muscle spasm can be sickeningly painful.
What can we do to help ourselves?
If we only maintained the spine in its natural 'S' position, then our chances of relieving and preventing back pain would be greatly improved.
Using an ergonomic office chair with good lumbar support will help your posture, keeping the "S" in your spine. If your office chair has not got lumbar support, use a back support on your office chair.
Height adjustable desks are the perfect solution for those working at a desk with back problems.