For some people, sitting in their offices is quite a challenge because it is difficult to maintain a decent posture. Working for long hours while sitting in front of a computer strains the back.
Some even hunch themselves forward while attempting to be near the computer screen. Do not forget that the computer is a powerful device that takes one’s attention away from one’s own body and allow it to be focused on the screen.
Be aware that there are ways to properly sit to help counteract the body’s tendency to slouch. There are models that can provide you this. Choosing the proper chairs as well as a decent set of office furniture will keep your posture and back free from pain.
Do not forget that the muscles of the abdomen are in front of the spine. Also, the muscles at the back help hold erect the upper body similar to two elastic bands. Leaning forward while hunched on an office chair disturbs the balance of the body and puts strain on the muscles of the back.
You can compare the strain brought on by sitting in your office with balancing a non-moving motorcycle. When you are in a bike, the muscles of the back and abdominals work together to keep the body in an erect position with little effort. But the instance a motorcycle leans a bit over, there is an effort to keep the bike from ever falling. The more it leans, the more energy is needed to keep it from falling.
Essentially, leaning 30 degrees forward in order to get near the computer screen puts much strain on the back thus contributing to the wear and tear of the surfaces of the joints, the spine’s ligaments and the discs between the vertebrae. Through time, such a posture could lead to rigid, tight joints and muscles which are more prone to pain and injury.
One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to sitting is that it seems to require little effort. However, this is false. Be aware that the muscles of the back are always working to keep the body upright. Those who sit too long and work for lengthy periods have the tendency to hunch their backs thus causing strain on the structures of the back.
In order to avoid the body’s tendency to slouch forward while on an office chair, position a tennis ball between the middle of the back and the office chair on each of the spine’s side. Hold the ball in place while working or sitting. Doing so helps the mind remain aware of the body and not be totally absorbed on the computer screen.
Also, by leaning the back on the tennis ball, an acupressure-like effect is produced thereby stimulating the flow of blood in the area and releasing the contracted muscles physically as well as the connective tissues. Plus, the pressure brought on by the ball produces a nervous system that mediates analgesic effect similar to what an acupuncture does.