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The Bad News About Sitting

Updated: Oct 23, 2019

Sitting is one of the most prominent problems for American workers. It is a static position, done for long periods of time, causing injuries and multiple health problems.

What are the consequences of long periods of sitting? And what can we do to change this? That's what we'll be exploring in today's blog. How Muscles are Effected When someone sits in a static position for long periods of time, that person's muscles begin to learn to be a new length. Hip flexors learn to be shorter, gluteal muscles learn to be lengthened, and so on. The muscular imbalances that can take place are Anterior Pelvic Tilt and Posterior Pelvic Tilt. With this altered length, muscles, tendons and joints are pulled out of stability. These muscular imbalances put stress on the body and cause injuries. Injuries that Result Long periods of sitting can cause a multitude of injuries. The biggest risk for injury is back strain, followed by hip, knee and ankle issues. These soft tissue injuries can onset during every day movements and can be severe and long lasting. Other Health Concerns In addition to soft tissue injury, sitting for long periods can cause Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Osteoporosis and Cancer. Companies that help find solutions to this problem help protect their employees and their bottom lines from any of these risks. What You Can Do There are simple and effective solutions to the problems that sitting can incur. Frequent Breaks Frequent breaks are essential in preventing the potential health risks and injuries listed above. Taking a break from sitting every 30 minutes can drastically reduce your risk for consequences. Standing Desks Standing desks are an effective tool of risk management. Giving employees the opportunity to have an ergonomic space that welcomes standing is a necessity in injury prevention. Stretching and Strengthening Stretching and strengthening programs are gaining a lot of traction in the workplace, and for good reason. These can prevent injury in a substantial way. What Are You Doing? What is your company doing to combat the effects of sitting? Comment below and reach out to us.

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