4 Physical Issues all Deskbound Workers Can Relate to

If your job has you working on the computer for a prolonged period of time every day, having a constant strain on your back might be no stranger to you. In fact, as most office jobs in Singapore involve being at the desk for long hours, back pain is a common ailment faced by many. Here are four physical issues all deskbound workers, including yourself, might be able to relate to:

1. Lower Back Pain

When your work requires you to spend hours typing away on your laptop, you may find yourself in the most comfortable position to stay productive. Yet, it may not be a good posture for your back. This can, in turn, put a great amount of stress on your spine and affect its alignment over time.

If you are experiencing lower back pain, it may be a sign of incorrect spinal alignment. With a prolonged strain on the discs of your spine, your lower back pain may worsen in the long run.

Lower Back Pain


2. Stiff Hips

Does it seem harder and even painful to move your hip joints after sitting at your desk all day? Hip stiffness is another condition that can have a negative impact on your everyday life, which can lead to lower back pain. When you stay in a fixed sitting position, the iliopsoas muscles in your hip joints remain in a relaxed, shortened state. Your hips may feel sore or stiff from staying in the same seated posture for hours.

As these muscles play an important role in supporting your entire body, you might experience greater discomfort beyond hip stiffness if left untreated. Crossing your legs and sitting on one side of your buttock may also further contribute to the pain.

3. Stiff Shoulders and Tight Chest

You may not notice it but slouching forces you to lean your head forward and puts pressure on your neck. Staying at that position on a daily basis will eventually strain the muscles in your chest and shoulders. The tightness in your chest may be a result of the way you sit. Having stiff shoulders may also potentially affect your posture even when you are standing and may lead to a rigid upper body. Check out this video to find out more:

4. Neck Pain

As with stiff shoulders and tight chest, your neck muscles may get tense from supporting your head in that position. You experience neck pain when the pressure from constantly looking down at your laptop starts to build up and increase. Additionally, if you tend to sleep on the desk with your head down whilst taking a break, this may be a likely cause of your neck pain as well.

Neck Pain

Do any of these problems sound familiar to you?

While it may not seem physically taxing, these aches and pains may aggravate from just spending hours at your desk with minimal movement. To prevent your back condition from worsening, you can start by making some changes to your work lifestyle. Be more aware of your posture and take a break to stretch once in a while. Ultimately, this can make a difference in improving your back health.

When it comes to treating back pain, chiropractic treatments such as spinal adjustments and spinal decompression therapy has helped many deskbound workers in Singapore with their ailments. If your back pain does not seem to be improving after a while, consider getting it checked by a chiropractor before it gets more serious.


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