Do you feel pain in the neck while sitting for extended periods of time in your work area? Analysts have demonstrated that extended periods of continuous sitting can prompt various health complexities.
This developing concern has pushed numerous corporate workplaces to decide on a standing work area or roll out improvements to the employee working timetable by arranging ergonomic sessions, focusing on the significance of right sitting posture and regular exercise.
Sitting for over eight hours can prompt postural issues like disc damage, strained neck and swayed back in long run. Numerous corporate employees who work in sitting position for extended periods of the time complain about these postural issues. Sitting in an upright position without crouching forward and taking a 5-minute walk every hour can limit the hazard. Out of the numerous patients, I see experiencing postural issues; nearly half of them constitute the corporate sector employees.
Dr. Naveenchand Dambekodi, Consultant Orthopedic and Joint Replacement Surgeon, Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal shares few of the sitting health hazards:
Cardiovascular complexities – Sitting for an extended period of time prompts high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol which can increase the risk of cardiovascular complexities.
High risk of diabetes- When a person sits for an extended period of time, cells in the body muscles do not readily respond to insulin delivered by the pancreas. As a result, the pancreas produces more insulin which can prompt diabetes.
Risk of muscle degeneration- Sedentary way of life can prompt a person developing hyperlordosis, tight hips, and lump glutes.
Leg disorders- Sitting for extended periods can affect the blood flow in the body causing fluid to puddle in legs. This can prompt deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Increases stress level- Muscles in motion trigger the release of mood-enhancing hormones by supplying fresh blood and oxygen through the brain. Therefore, when a person sits for extended periods of time the stress level increases.
Imbalances in spinal structure- Sitting for an extended period of time can prompt imbalances in the spinal structure including disc damage, inflexible spine, strained neck, sore shoulders and back
At the point when a person complains of postural issues, a confirmation is done by an X-ray or MRI scan. Appropriate exercises are recommended to correct the damage. Patients are additionally prescribed to undergo physiotherapy sessions if required.
To keep away health hazards related to the sedentary way of life, ensure you follow these basic activities:
Perform Yoga: Performing yoga during morning or evening hours can be beneficial.
Regular stroll: Take a 5-minute walk for every hour you sit. Rather than strolling at a stretch, ensure that you take little breaks. This will enhance blood circulation in the body.
Body stretching: Stretch your legs and arms every hour at your workplace. When you are at home, stretch hip flexors every night/morning for 5 minutes per side.
Follow right sitting posture: While sitting, ensure you sit in an upright position without crouching. Ensure that you get good backrest with feet level on the floor.
Neck exercise: Sit straight and drop head slowly to one side, taking ear toward the shoulder. Ensure that you feel the stretch. Perform this daily for 5 minutes