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Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’... It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it! On top of it all, sedentary work can also take a physical toll on your body. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, work-related musculoskeletal problems—from muscle strains to carpal tunnel syndrome—made up 32% of all worker injury and illness cases in 2014. Although many of those injuries were suffered by people working strenuous physical jobs, sitting hunched over a computer, staring at screens all day, typing, and sitting improperly can wreak havoc on the body.
The blame for these injuries lies in two places, firstly the amount of time you are sitting working at your desk, secondly is your office ergonomics, meaning the set up of your desk, chair, and workstation.
Michael Fredericson, sports medicine physiatrist at Stanford Health Care says, “The issue that we’re really up against is that we’re not made to sit—certainly not for extended periods of time… you tend to hunch forward, and your neck protrudes, and there’s eye strain. It’s stress that goes through your whole body.”
A sedentary lifestyle clearly isn’t ideal, prolonged sitting on a daily basis can lead to:
Activities that can help to increase your movement while working a sedentary job include:
If you can’t always get away from your desk, try these simple ways to keep some movement going every hour:
Unfortunately, if you are already suffering from pain due to a sedentary lifestyle, you're not alone. A study conducted by Qatar University aimed at identifying the relationship between a sedentary lifestyle and back pain over 61% of sedentary participants experienced some form of notable back pain. In a recent survey, 55% of Sonic Relief™ users stated that they use their Sonic Relief device to aid neck, shoulder, and back pain.
Sonic Relief™ ultrasound waves penetrate the damaged painful tissues in the neck and shoulder region generally affected, also encouraging the removal of inflammation and spasm, speeding healing, and therefore relieving pain. Treatment for pains caused by the use of electronics should be applied directly over the pain in your neck and shoulders with the Sonic Relief™ ultrasound device 2-3 times per day (we recommend before you get up, or do any activity that causes more pain, and just before bed). Treat for 2 weeks (even if it feels completely better), then continue treatment as needed.
If you have pain caused by a sedentary lifestyle, Sonic Relief™ comes with a 60 day money back guarantee - definitely worth a try!