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Sitting and Lower Back Pain: Don’t Ignore it

Do you dread sitting down at your desk, knowing that lower back pain will quickly set in? Are you finally ready to pinpoint the cause and find a solution?

There are many potential culprits, including but not limited to the following:

•    Muscle strain

•    Sciatica

•    Herniated disc

•    Bad posture

•    Spinal stenosis

As you can see, some of these issues are more serious than others. For example, if poor posture is resulting in your lower back pain, you can consciously alter the way you sit. Rather than slouch forward and cross your legs, sit up straight with your feet flat on the ground.

Conversely, if you have a more serious medical issue, such as a herniated disc, you may require medical care.

Here are some tips to consider:

•    Taking regular breaks will give your back the rest it needs

•    Stretching at your desk is a good way to keep your back loose

•    Massage and/or acupuncture therapy can do loads of good for the health of your back and neck

You shouldn’t be scared to sit down at your desk. You should be able to work in a comfortable environment, without lower back pain getting the best of you. If this has become a problem, don’t hesitate to take action.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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