The human body is designed to move…..

Is this you?? 

  • In a committed relationship with your phone or computer, with your eyes glued lovingly on the screen?
  • Headaches which seem to never go away?
  • Always feel like you need to sit down?
  • Slouching when ever you are sitting?
  • Stiff all over, cannot touch your toes or straighten your back?
  • The feeling of a thousand pounds on your shoulders?
  • Suffering from back pain?
  • Unable to get a good nights sleep, no matter what pillows you have tried?

In this day and age we find ourselves sitting far too much on a daily basis. We sit in the car, on buses/trains, all day at our desk, when we go out for lunch, at home on the couch, at home on the computer, to name a few of the obvious recurring daily actions.

It is becoming more apparent that, too much sitting can eventually change the natural biomechanics of your body, causing many aches/pains/sprains and even more permanent changes and injuries over time.  All of these can affect both your quality of life, and the people around you.

Here are some things that can happen:

  • Shortening of the hip flexors and pelvic floor muscles:  Being constantly in a seated position for extended periods of time, the muscles of the hip & pelvic area can become tight & shortened. Over a period of time, your body begins to adapt to these positions.  One of the many problems associated with this is, the shortening of these & surrounding muscles which can then pull on the pelvic area, which in turn, may eventually cause tilting of your spine. Progression of this tightness or shortening, may then lead to many other injuries including back pain, leg pain and/or sciatica.
  • Rounded shoulders and a forward poked chin:  This “hugging a computer” posture is regularly associated with being in a seated position for too long.  The longer we spend in one position, the “lazier” our muscles become, and the less likely we are to sit in a correct posture.  As a result of extended periods of sitting, we “let it go” and allow ourselves to slouch. Our shoulders can become slumped, our arms and head can feel heavy, and our neck & chin can involuntarily poke forward. There are many ‘pains’ that can arise as a result of this very common “extended sitting” posture. Headaches, Neck Pain, Back Pain, Shoulder Pain,  aches/ pains or numbness / tingling in your elbows and wrists.
  • The hamstrings also become shortened:  Your hamstrings span over two joints, your hips and knees. Extended sitting, especially when we slouch, can cause the hamstrings to become shortened and your hip flexors to become tight. This may in turn pull the buttocks down and may also prevent the knees from straightening. Your body begins to adapt to this position.  As a result of your hamstrings shortening, many joint problems may arise,  including hip pain, increased risk of knee injuries and very commonly, low back pain.
  • Weakened Glute (Butt) muscles: The glute muscles are one of the strongest muscle groups in the human body and are responsible for the movement of your hips and thighs and for assisting in keeping us upright.  When we don’t use a particular muscle group correctly, the muscles can become weak or waste away.  Long periods of sitting can cause the back of the hip (Glute Muscles) to become long and weak.  Weakness of the Glute Muscles can lead to an array of imbalances, injuries and also other muscle weaknesses. Some of the more common problems that may arise from weakened glute muscles include low back pain, overactive hamstrings, hip injuries, increased risk of knee problems, heel pain and shin splints.

If any of these signs and symptoms are ringing alarm bells?  Our Physiotherapists are dedicated to providing you with effective, quality professional treatment and care. Call us now on 92673775 to make an appointment with one of our physiotherapist for a posture assessment, and let us get you moving again.