Back pain at work…try these 3 exercises

back pain at work while sitting

Do you get back pain at work?

If so, you’re not alone.  There are millions of Americans dealing with the same thing on a regular basis.

Back pain is very COMMON in the workplace.  But it’s not NORMAL…(For more info, check out: Is your back pain normal?)

The discomfort you feel hints at something more serious going on beneath the surface.

Similar to cavities, if left untouched, problems like back pain may “feel” better over time, but the underlying issue tends to get worse.

So, what do you do if you want to get rid of the problem?

Well, the first step is to determine what’s causing it.  The most common causes of back pain are either structural, or muscular.  If it’s a structural issue, I recommend finding an expert who specializes in structure and neurology.

If it’s muscular, then it should improve with the following exercise…

When you’re sitting at your desk for long periods of the day, it’s very important to get up and move around.

Sitting, and lack of motion are two of the biggest reasons people suffer from back pain at work.

An exercise that’s great for getting better motion in the spine after a long period of inactivity in your office, is taking your back through the basic ranges of motion.

  1. Start by bending at your hips and falling forward, as if touching your toes.  Then stand back upright and extend back an extra 10-15 degrees.
  2. Next, bend to the right at your hips as far as you can while keeping straight legs.  Then, repeat on the left side.
  3. Rotate your upper body at your hips.  Start out by turning to the right and then rotate back to the left as far as you can.

***Repeat all of these exercises 5-10 times each direction.

If your back pain is strictly a muscular issue, this will most likely help alleviate the pain.  If the discomfort is not alleviated, there is a strong possibility that a structural or neurological imbalance is contributing to your pain.  In which case, I’d recommend seeking out someone who specializes in Neuro-Structural Correction.