Stretching Exercises for Computer Users : Part 2

Stretching Exercises for Computer Users : Part 2 This is our second blog post on stretching exercises for the computer user.  See Part 1 posted on February 28th, 2011 that focuses on the shoulder & neck.  Today’s blog focuses on the Lower Extremity – which can often be overlooked when we think of the strain that a computer workstation places on our bodies.  But if you have ever felt back pain and pressure when you stand after hours of computer work, you understand how much prolonged sitting can be a factor.

In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work and is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.1 It is further understood that most back pain is mechanical in nature, meaning caused by physical stresses, and that it is estimated that 80% of the population will visit their doctor at some point in their lives for back problems.2

In the following video, 3 simple and effective Lower Body Stretches are reviewed to help restore the muscular imbalances found in a prolonged sitting posture.  Use these stretches regularly as breaks in your day, and you will be well on your way to preventing lower back pain.

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There are many factors that can contribute to Lower Back Pain such as your overall fitness, the chair you use, the ergonomics of your workstation, and a history of previous injury.  If you suffer from ongoing back pain seek the professional advice and treatment of a Registered Massage Therapist or Doctor of Chiropractic.

Watch for our further Blog posts on our series of Ergonomic advice and Injury Prevention.

References:

1.     MEDTEP Update, Vol. 1 Issue 1, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville, MD

2.   Vallfors B. Acute, Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Clinical Symptoms, Absenteeism and Working Environment. Scan J Rehab Med Suppl 1985; 11: 1-98.

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