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More people are suffering from back pain than ever before—and it’s a pandemic that’s sweeping the globe.
Several studies show that back pain is now the world’s most common disability issue, with roughly 76.5 million people suffering from persistent pain or injury.
A sharp rise in remote working coupled with our increasingly sedentary lifestyles is fuelling this painful pandemic—and if you’re one of the millions of people suffering from back pain, there’s something you should know: you might be sitting down too much.
Sitting down too much harms your back and your wellbeing, leading to low moods, reduced productivity, and of course, chronic pain in your upper back or lumbar region.
But, you don’t have to be a victim. Here we’re looking to explore how you can tackle the ever-growing back pain pandemic and work towards a brighter, happier, healthier future.
Create healthier habits
Developing good habits and making better lifestyle choices will give you more energy while improving your overall health. In turn, this will boost your productivity levels and help you maintain a healthy weight—taking the strain off your back in the process.
Here are three sustainable lifestyle habits or choices that will help you boost your health and keep your back pain at bay:
Take a stand
Creating better lifestyle habits will form the very foundations of a life without back pain—but eating and sleeping well alone won’t spare you from inconvenience, or agony.
So, what’s the best thing you can do to tackle back pain head on? Take a stand.
Sitting is considered the new smoking—with excess time spent on your bottom responsible for an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension, obesity, low mood, and (we think you know what’s coming), back pain. A cocktail of health and wellbeing-hindering issues.
But, why does excessive sitting cause back pain, exactly? Well, one of the primary reasons is because sitting down for too long causes postural stress. Basically, it promotes bad posture which leads to issues, ailments, and of course, pain.
Harvard Health suggests that poor posture while working is also linked to problems including incontinence, constipation, and digestive problems.
Inadequate work stations are largely responsible for reduced muscle function, bad joint alignment, scoliosis, constant fatigue, potbelly, and endless aches and pains.
So, what can you do to flip the script? Put your chair in the corner and stand up. Stretch upwards, place yourself in a vertical position, and let the better times begin.
Standing up while you work will reduce your risk of obesity and cardiovascular issues by helping you to burn more calories. Taking a stand also helps to boost mood and energy levels—and perhaps most importantly, significantly reduces back pain.
In fact, A study from the CDC discovered that standing up more minimised upper back and neck pain by 54% after just four weeks.
If you looked at our guide to setting up a better workspace, you will have noticed we talk about the health-boosting power of the standing desk:
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It’s time to shift your mindset…
Did you know? Taking ibuprofen on a daily basis over a long period of time can increase your risk of a stroke. And, at between £2 and £7 a pack, long term use can prove costly.
Masking your back aches with painkillers long term essentially becomes an avoidance tactic—and one that can cost your health. But, the good news is: now you know what to do.
Rather than suffering and merely masking your back pain, you can invest in your health the right way—with a standing desk.
Standing up will make a sustainable difference to your life, giving you a fighting chance to take charge of your back pain once and for all.
Are you ready to flip the script? Read ‘it’s time to take a stand against back pain’ for more inspiration, coming soon...