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2 January 2009

Core Stability

Office worker are particularly prone to bad back, along with sciatica and RSI.  Initially it tends to come and go, but if nothing is done about it, it can become permenent.

It’s often attributed to working from a computer all day, but this may not be the cause of the  problems.  There are three easy things we can do to both reduce the risk of developing a bad back in the first place , or improve any existing problems…

We’ve come a long way since our ancestral days of roaming around in the wild, hunting for food. Everyday they would have to run, jump, lunge, lift and then drag their dinner home. All we need to do these days is order it from the menu or take it out the fridge.

As bipedal animals, we are designed to be upright – standing, walking or running. However, we seem to be gradually devolving because of our preference for more of a sedate lifestyle: living in a box, working in a box, staring at a box during the day and another box during the evening.

A huge downside to this is that our bones, along with the muscles and tissues that make up our musculoskeletal system, stop growing in our 20’s and start becoming weaker in our 30’s. This is part of the natural ageing process, but is dramatically speeded up if not given the right conditions: plenty of oxygen, water, nutrients and movement.

Three simple steps to massively reducing the risk of developing a bad back or helping correct existing problems:

  1. Stop sloughing – this puts a huge amount of pressure all over the body.
  2. Start exercising – even walking uses most of the muscles, tendons and ligaments.
  3. Sort out some nutrition – dark green veggies like broccoli, cabbage and spinach, will all help provide our old creaky bones with lots of stuff to make them stronger.
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