Prolonged sitting at work and a sedentary lifestyle are now widely regarded as major obstacles to health. As a chiropractor I daily see the effects of de-conditioned spines from desk work. It can take the form of chronic headaches, neck pain, low back pain or even significant postural changes that remain sub-clinical/symptom-free. Consider the following:
“It is now know that prolonged sitting contributes to the risk of heart attack, stroke and a variety of metabolic syndromes. As an example, a study by Dr. Hidde van der Ploeg found that sitting for 11 or more hours each day increased the risk of death by 40 percent compared to sitting less per day. And that was in spite of other activity level.”1 (See below for full article)
“Increased risk of death by 40 percent” is a very scary thought. With our busy schedules and hectic demands at work, what are desk workers to do? My best recommendation is to plan stretch and movement breaks as APPOINTMENTS WITH YOUR HEALTH. The next step of course is to STICK TO THEM. Simply tell your co-workers you are in a very important meeting.
Does this information interest you and your workplace? I have plenty more to share. Contact me today to schedule a spinal hygiene or wellness workshop for you and your fellow employees.
Be well and keep moving,
Line to full article: http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=56689
1. van der Ploeg HP, Chey T. Korda RJ, Banks E. Bauman A. Sitting time and all-cause mortality risk in 222,497 Australian adults. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Mar 26:172(6):494-500.