Office worker are particularly prone to bad backs…along with sciatica and RSI. Initially it tends to come and go (a warning sign), but if nothing is done about it, it can become permanent!
Often attributed to working from a computer all day i.e. sat down and hunched over your desk, there are three easy things we can do to both reduce the risk of developing a bad back in the first place and improve any existing problems.
We’ve come a long way since our ancestral days of roaming around in the wild hunting for food (not sure there was as much equality then so it may have just been the men), where everyday they would run, jump, lunge, lift and then drag the dinner home – but all we need to do these days is order from the menu or pick it up from the supermarket.
As bipedaluar animals, we are designed to be upright – standing, walking or running. However, we seem to be gradually devolving because our preference these days is for more of a sedate lifestyle: living in a box, working in a box, staring at a box during the day, staring at a box during the evening – even moving around in boxes between home and work!
A huge downside to this is that our bones, along with the muscles and tissues that make up our musculoskeletal system, stop growing in our 20’s, AND, start becoming weaker in our 30’s! This is part of a natural ageing process but is dramatically speeded up if not given the right ingredients – plenty of oxygen, water, nutrients and MOVEMENT!
There are three simple steps to massively reducing the risk of developing a bad back or helping correct any existing problems:
Stop sloughing – because this puts a huge amount of pressure on our lower vertebra.
Start exercising – even walking uses most of our muscles, tendons and ligaments – which means blood carrying these vital nutrients is pumped around us to reach them.
Sort out some decent nutrition – dark green veggies like broccoli, cabbage and spinach – all help provide our old creaky bones with the stuff to make them stronger.
Are you still sloughing right now? Try standing upright and taking a really deep breath, hold it for 10-20 seconds, then blow it all out (empty your lungs).
You’ve just given your bones the gift of more fresh nutrients than most people get in weeks, or even years (and eliminated lots of carbon dioxide).
Our bones are important, it’s not fun to be in a wheel chair later in life with brittle, nutrient deficient acidic bones – often labelled osteoporosis.