Are You Sitting For Too Long?

Alex WarderInformation

The problem

We’re all well aware that sitting at a desk all day isn’t a healthy way to live, but many of us have to do it anyway. Thankfully, it is possible to counteract the negative effects of this way of life.

First of all, let’s take a look at what effects a sedentary office job can have on your body:

Organ damage

  • heart disease
  • overactive pancreas
  • colon cancer

Muscle Degradation

  • weakened abdominals
  • tight hips
  • weak glutes
  • limp glutes

Leg Disorders

  • poor circulation in legs
  • soft aones

Head and shoulders

  • foggy brain
  • strained neck
  • sore shoulders and back
  • headaches
  • blurry vision

Bad back

  • inflexible spine
  • disc damage

Hands and wrists

  • weakened wrists
  • repetitive strain injury


The following article gives a more in depth understanding of these issues:

The Health Hazards of Sitting – The Washington Post

The solution

Many of us only take 2-3 short breaks within an 8-10 hour work day when it is generally recommended that you get up and move around every 45-60 minutes. This means 8-10 breaks over a work day.

Osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy recommends the following tips to keep active in the workplace.

  • Set a reminder on your phone or computer to encourage breaks.
  • Download one of the many iphone or android office break applications.
  • Half fill your bottle with water and this will mean more regular breaks to fill your water bottle.
  • Eat lunch away from your desk.
  • Use your lunch break as an opportunity to exercise.
  • Walk to a colleague and chat with them rather than email or call them.
  • Use the stairs where possible

For more information about finding out more about your injury and what you can do to fix it, please call 03 9670 9290 or book an appointment online to see one of our osteopaths.

All of our osteopaths are trained in workplace ergonomic risk assessments and these can be organised by contacting us on the above phone number.

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