You probably never thought about your desk job as a "Toxic Job"
If you worked in an asbestos factory you might be resonably concerned about your health. If you were in law enforcement or the military you might be concerned about your safety. Likewise, as a firefighter.
Most people get that.
If your job requires that you sit all day, whether it is driving a truck, car, bulldozer, a desk or a computer – it doesn’t matter, you are also at high risk, it's just not from asbestosis or lead poisoning.
The reason why?
The way we humans are built, our lower spine is supposed to have a curve in it. From the side view your lower back should have C-curve to it and look something like you’re trying to bend backwards at the waist.
That concave lower back curve reverses and then bends forward in the upper back, (...not quite like Victor Hugo’s Quasimodo). These two curves working together have the overall effect of giving your spine enormous strength, durability, flexibility, and it makes you sit or stand upright and - human-like.
That flexibility permits you to be able to occasionally bend to tie your shoe or pick up the tooth paste cap – in brief short term bending cycles…
The problem that arises is that we humans are all too often bent forwards over our work for…How many hours every day?
Done repetitively, day in, day out, this has the long term effect of losing and often reversing that normal concave curve in the lower back.
* The hip flexor muscles contract to the point where you cannot stand up fully straight,
* The muscles in the back itself become stretched out, weakened and un-supporting,
* The low back disc spaces open up wider towards the back of the disc where they
should be narrow leading to tearing and then bulging of the disc into the spinal nerves.
Have you ever wondered why 12 year-olds never complain of back pain or sciatica?
It’s because they haven’t been sitting all day for umpteen years… yet
1 Try taking frequent mini-breaks. Stand up, straighten up, shake it out and get back to work.
2 Try bending yourself backwards over a large exercise ball for 2-3 minutes a couple
times each day to stretch your hip flexors.
3 Avoid sitting whenever possible. Stand up when talking on the phone.