Work At A Desk? Read This
posted: Jul 29, 2018.
The great inventor Thomas Edison once said “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
This statement is truer today than ever before. With the rise of technology people have developed sedentary lifestyles, less physical activities, and more chronic diseases. A lot of problems today can come down to your occupation, especially if it requires prolonged sitting.
In today's society, a person sits down an average of 10-12 hours in a day and 4 hours looking down at a phone. That includes the commute to work, sitting at work, the commute home, and sitting down at home before bed. Studies show that even physical exercise before or after work cannot completely reverse or prevent the damages done by sitting.
Prolonged sitting can increase your risk of:
In today’s work force, about 39% of all jobs require sitting.
Examples of jobs that require OVER 50% of the time Sitting are:
Software Developers, Applications
Insurance Sales Agents
Human Resources Managers
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
Examples of jobs that require OVER 50% of the time Standing are:
Waiters and Waitresses
Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
Elementary School Teachers
Of course, there are thousands of jobs not listed, but this just gives you an idea of how your occupation can determine your long term health, especially if you’re sitting or standing in one position for a prolonged period of time.
Only 37% of jobs give you the choice to stand or sit, but more companies are allowing workers to get a standing desk and an ergonomically friendly chair to allow workers to keep moving around.
Here’s what you can do at work to increase your health:
1. Invest in a standing desk, or tell your boss to look into it.
2. Move around at least every 20-30 mins even if you are standing up.
3. Invest in a wobble disc, yoga ball, or a band to do exercises at your desk.
4. Focus on your posture, and make sure your drinking plenty of water to preserve your spinal discs.
5. Fix your screens to be at eye level, even when you are using your phone; get in the habit of not looking down.
6. Quit your desk job and look into a different field of work.
7. Get your spine moving with chiropractic adjustments.
As a chiropractor, I look to the spine for the lifeline of health. This is because your spine is literally protecting your nervous system. Sitting or standing in one position without moving can cause your spine to degenerate faster. Spinal degeneration can lead to neck pain, back pain, and decrease your overall health by blocking nerve impulses from your brain to vital organs.
Giovonni Quiroz, D.C.
Watch the video below to see why you should get your spine checked today!
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