We have written before about how our modern desk jobs can affect our physical health in both the short and long run. The reason is usually not having enough movement or exercise, and maintaining a bad posture throughout the day.
This starts as early as in school. In school we sit a lot, to continue sitting when we are back home doing homework. Whether it is calculating math problems on paper, or writing an essay on the computer, we do these things in a seated position. It is this period where we start developing the seating posture we feel, unconsciously, most comfortable with. However, this isn’t necessarily the best posture. This can be easily recognized by restlessly readjusting our seating position during a course or while studying at home.
After sitting for 30, or even 10 minutes, our blood circulation reduces, our muscles can start to cramp, and a bad posture can cause lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and so on. In school it is not unusual to maintain seated for a 1 hour class. When doing homework we easily spend a couple of hours seated to get everything done.
Utilize the little breaks in between classes to exercise and move your muscles. While doing homework, it is important to set an alarm at a certain interval to allow your body little breaks from being seated for too long. Drink a glass of water an stretch your legs.
It is in school where we build tolerance for these little aches, which later on can develop into serious chronic problems — if not recognized and treated correctly. Only if the pain becomes unbearable are we willing to seek medical help, which is usually too for full recovery, while timely treatment can prevent such pains.
Similar to having an office job, in school it is important to stretch and exercise our muscles in order to prevent chronic pains to occur. At Pain Away Clinic we have experienced therapists who treat the symptoms of Office Syndrome on a daily basis. They can diagnose and assist you if you think you suffer from maintaining a bad posture during the day. The earlier you recognize and treat the symptoms the quicker you’ll be able to continue your daily activities without pain.