Do you sit in front of a computer nearly every day? Then have fun watching this fun and funky video with tips for how to protect your back while sitting at the office. Enjoy!
A few ergonomic improvements can go a long way to helping you alleviate and/or prevent back problems.
The corollary is, of course, that even a little bit of bad posture can lead to long-term back problems. For example, leaning forward 30 degrees in an attempt to get closer to the computer screen puts 3 to 4 times more strain on your back, over time causing significant wear and tear on the joint surfaces in your spine, as well as on the ligaments and lumbar discs.
Sitting for a long period can put pressure on the lumbar spine, which in turn can lead to or worsen sciatica symptoms. View this animated video to visualize the sciatic nerve and how pain can radiate along the path of the nerve from the lower back to the legs and feet.
Sitting, and in particular sitting while hunched forward, can over time lead to or exacerbate symptoms from a lumbar herniated disc. Visualize how a lumbar disc herniation affects your nearby nerve root and can lead to pain that radiates into the buttock and/or down the leg.
Thanks to our friends at Jellyvision Labs for producing this "Watch Your Back" video!