Solutions To Desk Job Pains – That WORK!
You’re back in the swing of working after the holidays and your aches and pains are starting to come back. We’ve all heard it a million times – you’re at your desk job all day and so your neck is always killing you. Work and pain should not go hand in hand. We’re here to help you feel your best while doing the job that you love.
Daily pains are often associated with daily, ongoing, habitual mistakes. If you’re one of the millions of people that have a desk job, and you’re also one of the millions who experience daily discomfort, it’s time to retrace your steps and reprogram your habits.
It comes as no surprise that you’re suffering from daily aches and pains. Sitting in the car, at the desk, and during meals impacts your health greatly. Furthermore, things like an unhealthy diet and not getting enough water can add to discomfort. All of these things add up. Our bodies are not made to withstand habits like these for too long.
The good news is, things can change! It may seem impossible right now, but take a look at some of the ways in which you can change your daily routine for the better!
1. Make time in the morning.
We know that getting up can be tough, but the early hours of the morning really do give you the best chance to lay a powerful foundation for the day. Take just 20 minutes after you wake up to be silent, stretch, drink a cup of tea, meditate, or even read. Make that time – YOUR TIME.
2. Take a look at your transportation.
How far from work do you live? Do you have to drive? Could you challenge yourself to ride your bike? Do you HAVE to drive? Any form of exercise you can incorporate into your day is a massive step towards relieving pain. The more you move, the better you feel! If you can avoid the traffic and hours of sitting in the care, you’ll notice an amazing difference right off the bat!
3. Water, water, water!
Throughout your day, it’s vital that you note how much water you’re drinking. If your joints and muscles aren’t lubricated, you’ll experience pain. Why not set yourself little reminders? Drink 8 oz of water on the hour, every hour, for example. Ultimately, you need to drink about 10 cups a day – challenge yourself to meet that goal!
And while we’re on the subject of water, why not meld two habits into one? Every time you drink some water, get up, walk around, and stretch a bit. In this way, you’re killing two birds with one stone.Walk to the water cooler or walk into the kitchen and add some lemon or strawberries to your water! Delicious and great for you! Again, movement is vital, and the more you move, the faster you’ll heal.
5. Posture matters
When you’re seated at your desk, it’s very important that you take note of your posture. Slouching or sitting with an unsupported lower back will eventually lead to pain. Make sure your desk isn’t too low and that your computer screen is at eye level. This way, you will prevent slouching and forward head movements, both of which could lead to problems down the line. Also, why not stretch every 20 minutes? In this way, you’ll prevent stiffness and future discomfort.
6. Dietary needs
All too often we assume to what we do is the most important. While this might hold some truth, what we eat is equally as vital. The food you consume fuels your brain and body, so the better you eat the more productive and healthy you will be and the better you’ll feel. And not only that, but FOOD HEALS! Eating more anti-inflammatory foods, healthy snacks, dark greens, nuts, and seeds will help you relieve those aches and pains much sooner. Be sure to start with a healthy breakfast and to continue with your snacking, lunch and dinner in the same way. Also, cut out some of the caffeine if you can – it can lead to anxiety and stress, both of which contribute to pain.
7. You are my sunshine!
Unfortunately, unless you work at Google, desk jobs don’t come with a lot of time spent outside. That being said, you can still make the change. Why not go outside and eat your lunch in the park? Or, better yet, take a stroll and explore the area around you! Getting vital Vitamin D, naturally, is imperative for a healthy body and mind. You’ll also find that the sunshine helps improve your mood, thereby making the decision to create better habits that much easier!
There you have it! Desk jobs DON’T need to be a ticket to old age. In fact, they offer a unique opportunity to change your habits for the better. By using the tools you have around you, by utilizing your time and noticing the needs of your body, you’ll make serious headway into getting rid of those aches and pains. Make your habits count!
If you’re still unsure about how to tackle daily aches and pains, why not give us a call and tell us about your situation. One of our dedicated and qualified physical therapists will he happy to listen to your story and answer all your questions. Physical therapy is the fastest, most effective way to getting back to health. We encourage you to make the change! We look forward to hearing from you and helping you to feel your best!