This weekend I am stepping out of my usual role of treating clients in the studio to engage in some professional development for my business. It is important to work ON your business as well as IN your business, so when the opportunity came along to sign up for Effortless Business Events - Market Like You Meant It, the Digital Edition with two of Perth's favourite Marketing Experts - Shannon Bush and Sarah Thomson, I cleared my schedule and dug out my favourite pen and highlighters.
It's been a long time since I have sat at a desk all day. Sure, I spend time in front of my computer during the week, but not a full day. I am usually stood at my treatment table, or sat on my ergo stool, releasing trigger points on clients. Sitting at the table reminded me, that humans are not designed for long periods of sitting. Yet we have created jobs where we sit in front of computer screens for 8 or more hours a day, with minimal breaks.
Many of the people who come to see me for Massage Therapy or Foot Reflexology do so because of chronic pain and back tension. They are often in desk bound jobs in Perth, dealing with high volumes of work and stress loads to match. Headaches, neck, shoulder or back ache, sciatic pain and arm or wrist problems are common complaints. It seems that when the work day ends, the pain doesn't.
Prevention is better than the cure. Chiropractor and author of the book "The Blueprint for Back Pain Relief", Brad Butler says - "The longer you have a back problem, the more damage it will create, the more it will resist getting better, and the more time it will take to heal". I see this with my clients, some of whom have been suffering with chronic back pain for years. Sure, we would all love a quick fix, the reality is, you need to make changes in your habits along with dedicated rehab and exercise to heal it. So it makes complete sense to seek out ways to prevent back pain from beginning in the first place.
As my desk buddy found at the event, she could not manage sitting for long and frequently stood up or stretched her body in the chair. When we sit for long periods of time, our body is sedentary, slowing our circulation and flow. This includes our muscles. Sitting at a desk all day puts a strain on our lower back and neck muscles. I noticed my old back injury feeling triggered and quickly engaged in some simple and easy stretches in my chair to relieve this. Many people, come home from a full day of sitting, to engage in more sitting, in the car or on the couch to relax in the evening.
Movement is key! It is important for health to get 30 - 60 minutes a day of moderate intensity exercise for health and wellbeing. The good news is that you don't have to do this all at once, in fact, you may find that you can find opportunities to for incidental movement through out your day, by breaking up the sitting. Here's how:
Planning ahead for monthly Massage or Foot Reflexology treatments goes along way to help manage and minimise your back pain. Along with feeling good, Massage Therapy works on a physiological level to elicit positive change within the body such as increased circulation, reduced muscular tension, alleviate joint pain and increase joint mobility and reduce the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression through the release endorphins, inducing relaxation. Foot Reflexology has the same effect by sedating or stimulating the reflex points on the feet associated with specific areas of the body, positive change is created to the whole body.
You do not need to suffer with back pain. With small adjustments to your sitting habits at work and regular treatment, you can change the way your body feels.