How flexible are you? Do you experience stiffness or pain in the neck, shoulder, lumber or hip and find that you are not comfortable doing things you could easily do before?
Many of us attribute our flexibility and pain issues to age, bad genes, poor diet, or possibly even the environment. But there is now a better understanding of the physiological effects of how our daily behaviours can play a large role in our health problems. It’s probably safe to say that our daily behaviours can play a large role in our health problems.
If you experience stiffness or pain it may be the direct side effect of sitting.
How does sitting hurt your back and neck?
Spending much of the day in a seated position puts stress on the muscles and discs of the back and neck. Then the more one stays seated the more likely that the posture slides. Prolonged sitting causes a variety of problems for the neck, Shoulders, back and hips. The neck and shoulders curve and stiffen, the spine loses its flexibility as it absorbs pressure and the pelvis rotates the wrong way.
Slouching can cause the spinal ligaments to stretch beyond their health ability and this position results in tightness of the hip muscles and pressure and some restricted blood flow of the buttock muscles the glute maximus. This muscle is an important supporter of the spine.
Sitting for long periods – effects:
- Neck- strain on cervical vertebrae
- Shoulders and back
- Abdominal muscles
- Hip muscle
Sitting for long periods may cause muscle inflammation, weaken the muscle in the body, particularly those of in the midsection and lower body. The muscles in the lower body then become less stable when walking and jumping, putting us at risk of injury. When muscles are stressed or injured, they often form tender “trigger points” that feel like dense tight knots in the muscle tissue. When trigger points form in our muscles, symptoms can include pain, stiffness, tension, physical limitation, and the loss of normal function.
If you find it uncomfortable or painful to bend, stretch, lunge, squat or do any other relevant movement.
Don’t delay make an appointment and have an assessment to identify your flexibility and health issues and develop a plan to help you reclaim your range of motion.