We all hope that what awaits us in the office will challenge our professional capabilities and give us the chance to express ourselves, but in fact static work can cost our bodies – a lot. According to labor statistics in some countries, work-related musculoskeletal disorders account for 30% of all cases of employee health problems.
These range from muscle tension to various syndromes due to compression of different nerves. Naturally, many of these problems come from working on production lines, for example. However, a hunched over seat in front of a computer speed typing and even watching multiple screens can also generate changes due to disease in the body.
When office duties make you stand still at your desk for long hours, you tend to lean forward, your neck protruding, and your eyes straining. This is the stress that passes through your whole body.
The longer you sit and work at your desk, the worse consequences can be expected. Sitting consumes less energy than standing or moving. Certain studies have found a link between sitting and many health problems.
Among them are:
- high blood pressure
- high blood sugar
- accumulated fat around the waist
- unhealthy cholesterol levels, etc. metabolic syndrome.
A number of studies show that the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease and cancer increases with the length of sitting.
The findings of 13 studies on the length of time spent sitting show that for people who sit for more than eight hours a day with minimal physical activity, the risks to life are comparable to those of obesity or smoking.
A study of data from more than 1 million people found that 60 to 75 minutes of moderately strenuous physical activity a day counteracted the effects of prolonged sitting. Another study shows that the time a person sits does not contribute to ill effects in people who also remain active.
Which occupations most often cause discopathy, disc herniation, back pain, and stenosis? Why?
Sitting jobs lead to less muscular effort. For example, assembly line workers in the electronics industry and data operators, both of whom do a lot of sitting, suffer from back problems and pain.
The muscular load when sitting, compared to an activity such as gardening or cleaning the floor, of course, uses much less muscular effort. What’s more, still standing leads to weakness.
When sitting, the muscles keep the torso, shoulders, head and neck in a static position. This in turn compresses the blood vessels and these muscles receive a reduced blood supply. This increases fatigue and the muscles become prone to injury.
Due to the low mobility, the demand on the circulatory system is decreased. Cardiac activity and respiration slow down.
Without mobility in the parts of the body responsible for movement, such as muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments, the neck and back are usually most affected.
What does sitting in one place for a long time lead to?
- When muscles are suddenly triggered from a position of reduced mobility, the likelihood of stretching, straining, or stiffness increases.
- Weakness in the muscles of the neck and back is caused due to reduced blood circulation, which leads to greater tension on the spine, especially in the lower part (in the region of the waist) and neck.
- Constant pressure on the spinal discs affects their blood supply and can cause them to age prematurely.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces in the spine. This can put pressure on the nerves carried by and leading from the spine. It is most often seen in the waist and neck.
Some people may not even have symptoms, while in other cases they may experience pain, tingling, and muscle weakness. Over time, the symptoms usually worsen.
The bones of the spine form the spinal canal in which the spinal cord is located. Causes of stenosis may include:
- Excessive bone growth. Wear of the spinal bones from osteoarthritis can become a prerequisite for the formation of bones spikes that can grow in the spinal canal. Exercises with a Teeter inversion table reduces the pressure on the spine, increases the space between the vertebrae, and contributes to the healthy condition of the spine.
- Disc herniation. Tissues that act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae tend to dry out with age. As in the treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system, inversion therapy with inversion tables is useful because it increases flexibility and counteracts this effect.
- Thickening of connections. Healthy fibers, which help retain bone in the spine, can begin to lose elasticity and thicken over time. Inversion tables are designed to resist the action of gravity, providing relief for people who suffer from diseases such as herniated discs and stenosis.
- Spinal injuries. Car accidents or other injuries can cause dislocations or fractures of the vertebrae.
Inversion therapy with inversion tables relaxes tense back muscles, reduces pressure on the nerves, and rehydrates the discs of the spine. Consultation with the specialists from lejanki.bg guarantees the best results.
Who is most at risk?
Usually people over the age of 50 and with a sedentary lifestyle are more prone to spinal stenosis. But, because degenerative changes can also cause problems in the spine in younger people, other causes must be considered.
These can be:
- spinal deformity such as scoliosis or a congenital disease associated with the development of bones and muscles in the body.
Imaging of the spine can determine the exact cause. If you spend only a few minutes a day training with the adjustable Teeter inversion tables, you will achieve effective treatment of low back and back pain, successfully fighting against discopathy, disc herniation and stenosis.
How can of these diseases be prevented in occupations that predispose you to less muscular effort?
For example, industry line workers and data operators working in an almost constant standing or sitting position are advised to use an inversion table on a daily basis, which will improve your fitness for an active and healthy lifestyle.
If you want to protect yourself from low back and neck problems, using the inversion table relaxes muscles, helps regenerate discs and joints, and relieves tension in the back and lower back.
Practicing the habit of using an inversion table helps build strong core muscles and strengthens muscles through exercises done with the body in the inverted or inclined position.
Inversion tables are not like most fitness equipment, which is only expected to meet the mandatory requirements for structure and safety. The uniqueness of the inversion table device is that it is designed to simulate the behavior of similar “real world” devices by testing important safety parameters.
The EZ AngleTM strap is a unique feature that allows pre-set setting and control of angles of 20, 40, or 60 degrees and provides easy navigation to where the benefits of body rotation begin.
The robust frame is of high medical standard and ensures the ergonomics and reliability of the inversion table . The smooth surface reduces friction aids stretching, allowing the body to slide and achieve the optimal stretching. Not only that: the device has an ankle comfort scale. The foot platform adjusts to the size of the foot, allowing you to fine-tuning how the comfortable and secure ankle braces fit.
The devices are characterized by easy set up and come almost completely pre-assembled. They can be set up by a specialist in just 13 minutes, and for comparison, other brands require an average of 71 minutes. This saves you time that you could, theoretically, use to invert and stretch your body for a week!