Let’s face it, if our job demands that we sit all day at work then we will want a comfortable chair. A nice cushy leather chair sounds pretty good right? Well, it may not be the best thing for you you or your back. Many a study prove that sitting for long periods of time may very well have long term effects on your spine.


common posture problemsYour muscles tend to bunch and cramp from long hours of searching the internet for the latest, greatest cat video or if you actually work then the affect is the same. Long hours at sitting at your desk can actually cause hunching of the back.  Sitting hunched over a computer screen forces chest muscles to tighten, which can cause excessive curvature (kyphosis) of the upper back (thoracic spine). Postural muscles in the upper back weaken and loosen.
Another problem is something called Forward Head.  This is when your ear lobes extends passed your AC Joint and again can be caused by sitting hunched at your desk all day long.
Forward Head PostureBut alas, there is good news! Since we don’t want to look like Quasimodo at the end of the fiscal year there are certain things we can do to prevent that. First, a regular Deep Tissue Massage from Body N Balance Healing From Wantagh Long Island is a great way to relax your muscles. Or their excellent Swedish Massage to get the blood pumping again.
Some other great ways to fix your posture would be to get up every couple of hours from your desk and take a walk around the office (maybe stop at the water cooler and talk about last night’s American Idol with some co-workers ).  Also, be sure to stretch regularly, its great for the muscles. Look into standing desks or ergonomic office chairs to help as well.  Either way, sitting for long periods of time has long-term affects but they aren’t incurable so stay conscious.