If you’re like me and you spend several hours per day sitting in a chair then most likely you have experienced back pain. With the prevalence of computers in our work and personal live we are spending more and more time seated than we did in the past. Being seated for several hours per day can lead to lower back, leg, and neck pain as well as contribute to poor posture. Sitting properly so our back and spine are in the most beneficial alignment can help ease lower back pain and sometimes eliminate back pain altogether. With years of experience, trial, and error I have come up with ways to make my back and neck pain a thing of the past.
1. For me it all starts with how I get out of bed in the morning followed up by a short stretching routine. When waking up I make sure that I do not make any sudden movements that could strain my muscles. I begin by rotating my right leg and hips to the left and hold the stretch for 30 seconds. I then repeat the same stretch to the right side using my left leg. Then from that position I roll out of bed.
2. After this I get down on my hands and knees and do leg raises. 25-30 leg raises for each leg. This helps strengthen my lower back muscles.
After breakfast and my morning exercise routine I am ready to sit down and get to work. When it comes to sitting I recommend an ergonomically correct chair that provides excellent back support. Even the most supportive chair out there is still lacking when it comes to keeping your spine in the proper alignment. I found a device that not only helps keep your spine in the proper alignment it relieves back pain as well. It is called the Backjoy® Sitsmart and it comes in 4 different variations.
The device goes right on top of your chair and under your butt. It is lightweight and portable allowing you to take it from chair to chair throughout your day. For instance after working for several hours at the computer you can then put it on your car seat when you drive to pick up the kids from school.
After using the Backjoy SitSmart for several days I didn’t notice an improvement in my posture and seating position but I have noticed a decrease in lower back pain and stress while sitting on the Backjoy. The Backjoy SitSmart basically suppose to increase comfort while reducing pain as it cradles the pelvis and tilts to the proper angle. I didn’t get the best use of the BackJoy when sitting on my couch or on my computer chair. This maybe because my couch seating is soft, as well as my computer chair has a mesh. However I noticed a tremendous difference when sitting on the hard chair (without any cushioning). Try to seat without the BackJoy and then immediately with it. I guarantee you will feel the difference too.
3. Set up the timer for 30-60 minutes intervals. Make sure you do some physical activity in between your desk/office work. Stretch your legs, stretch your spine. I like to do crunches once or twice a day. Doing real crunches on the floor tremendously helped to reduce my lower back pain. So crunches are very important.
One must always remember that we only get one body in this life and it is extremely important that we take care of it. Stretching, exercise, proper nutrition, and supportive chairs and devices like the Backjoy SitSmart play a crucial part in keeping our bodies healthy and happy.
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Disclosure: Samples were provided to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% honest and mine!