Is Sitting and Working All Day Hurting Your Back And Wrists?

by | Jan 10, 2022

Is Sitting Too Much Affecting Your Back Pain and Health? The Answer Is Yes!

Sitting leads to…

  • Tight hips
  • Tight hamstrings
  • Increased low back pain
  • Decreased blood flow to lower legs and spine
  • Forward head posture – this created mid back pain as well as neck pain
  • Restriction of the vagus nerve leads to stress, dizziness, nausea, fear, ringing in the ears, and even sweating in some cases.

Chances Are While Your Sitting Most Of The Time You Are Typing….This Leads to Wrist Pain

But I Have To Sit and Type To Do My Job….What Do I Do?

It is impossible in today’s society to get away from sitting and typing, but these 3 easy tips will help you tremendously!

One: Sit on a Physioball or inflated disc

Figure 1 seated on a Swiss ball

You can sit on a Swiss Ball (Physioball) or an inflated disc. This helps keep your pelvis in motion which in turn gets the spinal fluids moving lubricating the spine, reducing spinal disc compression and hamstring nerve compression. If you choose to sit on a Swiss ball check on my handout here.

Please see my blog on healthy ergonomics for more information.

If you choose to sit in a recliner to do your work or watch TV in a recliner for long periods of time, this can compress the vagus nerve and cause stress, fear, pain, dizziness, nausea, ringing in the ears, and even sweating. The next two tips will be very important for you to follow as well as reduce the amount of time you spend in a reclined position.

Two: Cat-Cow

Figure 2 Cat – round the spine up to the sky like a cat
Figure 3 Cow – let your belly lower toward the floor as your spine takes on the shape of a cow.

Get up every hour and perform a cat-cow. You can do this seated or standing.

Three: Wrist Stretches

Figure 4 All fours wrist stretch
Figure 5 wrist stretch flexion
Figure 6 wrist stretch extension

Wrist stretches and exercises every hour when you are typing will help you so much.

This short video goes over to do a cat-cow and how to stretch and strengthen the wrists.


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