It’s no secret that long hours in front of a computer screen can do a number on your spine. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons people see their doctor.
Your office chair may be a convenient scapegoat for your back pain, but sitting still (with bad posture) for hours on end is a much more likely target of your angst.
“Office workers are vulnerable to prolonged sitting, and thus one of the highest occupations to have complaints of spine discomfort and pain,” says Whitney Luke, MD, with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.
Sean Meers, PT, DPT, a physical therapist at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Spine Center, says the best way to prevent back and neck pain is with movement and exercise.
To that end, there are several easy exercises and stretches you can do without leaving your office. Click here for videos of the exercises and stretches Meers says you should aim to do at least one of each day.