Bridle Trails PT_Don't Ignore Back Pain

3 Simple Tips To Relieve Back Pain While Sitting. IMPROVE YOURPOSTURE Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

1. Identify the warning signs of back pain: Back pain may be the result of poor ergonomics and posture if the back pain is worse at certain times of day or week; pain that starts in the neck and moves downwards into the upper back, lower back, and extremities; pain that goes away after switching positions; a new office chair, or a new car; and/or back pain that comes and goes for months. 2. Keep the body in alignment: When standing, distribute body weight evenly to the front, back, and sides of the feet. Sit up straight and align the ears, shoulders, and hips in one vertical line. Any prolonged sitting position, even a good one, can be tiring. Shifting forward to the edge of the seat with a straight back can alternate with sitting back against the support of the office chair to ease the work of back muscles. 3. Get up and move: As muscles tire, slouching, slumping, and other poor postures become more likely; this in turn puts extra pressure on the neck and back. In order to maintain a relaxed yet supported posture, change positions frequently. One way is to take a break from sitting in an office chair every half hour for two minutes in order to stretch, stand, or walk.

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