What are the Dangers of Prolonged Sitting?

Back then the most common causes of physical injury might be overexertion, awkward movement or accident (all of which are related to motion). However, another cause, which is the opposite of motion, is fast catching up as more and more professionals complain about pain and discomfort (even though they’re not doing much at all).

One main cause is that modern professional work requires prolonged sitting while performing office tasks, talking with customers and attending meetings. Occupational sitting is harmful not just because of the sedentary lifestyle, but also because of the strain prolonged sitting puts to our bones, muscles and heart (e.g. increasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems).

Interventions and ways to reduce occupational sitting

The straightforward way to reduce the effects of occupational sitting is to reduce the time being spent in the chair. This may include using standing workstations and encouraging work activities to be done in a standing position (conducting a meeting, talking on the phone).

Another way is to take more frequent breaks from work. It’s good to stand and walk around for a few minutes every one hour or 30 minutes of work. This way you somehow stay active and you reduce the time in a seated position. These breaks or interruptions can help blood better circulate and your muscles and back to breathe for a while.

In modern work environments it’s inevitable to get into a seated position to complete most work tasks. It’s comfortable and induces focus but the price can be too high if we’re talking about the long-term health of each employee. In addition, people’s long-term productivity and everyday focus will sooner or later become affected by the unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle being brought by prolonged sitting.

Reversing the dangers of prolonged sitting

At least 50 per cent of Australian workers have jobs that involve sitting at least some of the time (source: Safe Work Australia). These workers might be always busy performing computer-based tasks, driving a truck or operating a crane. Initially there’s no pain or discomfort but as years go by, the physical effects start to manifest and these can be hard to reverse if neglected.

Here at Wellers Hill Physiotherapy we deal with the root cause of the pain by first identifying all the contributing factors to the pain our patients feel in their back, neck and other parts of their bodies. After a thorough assessment, we can then design a personalised and science-based treatment specific for each patient’s condition and requirements. The treatment may include joint mobilisation, massage, bracing, guidance with work and recreational activities (e.g. which activities to rest) and exercise-based rehabilitation (e.g. stretching inflexible areas, encourage motion to facilitate healing and improve your strength and mechanics).

Contact us today and we’ll take the time to listen. Many doctors and medical specialists refer their patients to us because of our high qualifications and strong track record (25+ years in the service).