Spending too much time on your butt? These 3 exercises can help!

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Close-up Of Young Businesswoman On Chair Having Backpain In Office

Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, is very familiar with pain developed from prolonged sitting. Too much time sitting can lead to muscle atrophy, or shrinking muscle tissue. Also, when you stay in one position for too long, your bones actually press against the muscle and skin in your bottom. This pushes the blood away from your skin. If you stay like this too long, you get what’s called a decubitus ulcer, or bedsore.

On the more extreme side, Mayo Clinic has reported that sedentary lifestyle attributes to nearly 50% increased risk of death from any cause, and 125% increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain or heart attack.

If these statistics are a wake-up call for you, here are three exercises to get you body feeling better!

  1. Crab Hip Hold– Jeremy Frisch, U.S.A.W., owner and director of Achieve Performance Training, says this move is “perfect for zeroing in on all the muscles that don’t see any action when you’re sitting all day: hamstrings, glutes, lower back, and shoulders.”
  2. Resisted Rows– Working over a stack of books or computer all day causes your shoulders to slump forward and your back to hunch. To stretch and strengthen these muscle, check out this instructional guide for rows.
  3. Half Frog Stretch– This yoga pose focuses on the thighs, shoulders, and upper back. These areas are prone to becoming tight after sitting for extended amounts of time.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to identify the factors that may be causing pain, and correct them. Our therapists work to understand your activities of daily living to develop personalized exercise programs for you during treatment, home, and work, too.

We develop physical therapy programs for each patient to provide results in an affordable, fun and healing environment. Visit our website WalkerPT.com and call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!

1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

Phone: (714) 997-5518

www.walkerpt.com

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Workplace Ergonomics- Let’s Address the Desk! Part 2 of 4

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, shares tips on how to design an ergonomic workspace! This is a four part series, today being part 2 of 4. We will be looking at the importance of choosing and utilizing a proper desk.

A thoughtfully-designed and properly-adjusted desk will provide ample clearance for your legs, proper placement of computers and accessories, and maximize your ability to maintain an ergonomic posture.

Here are three important tips to consider next time you are sitting at your desk or are considering purchasing a new one.

  1. Your desk surface should allow you to position your computer screen directly in front of you, at least 20 inches away.
  2. Be sure that when writing or utilizing your desk surface, you are able to keep your shoulders relaxed and your elbows near 90 degrees.
  3. If the edges of your desk are sharp, and you find yourself placing parts of your arms or wrists on the edge often, placing piping insulation on the edges will soften the intensity of these surfaces. For this reason desks with rounded edges are preferred by many clinicians. Prolonged exposure to shard edges can lead to nerve impingement’s and circulatory issues. 

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to address all of the potential variables that may be causing pain related to lack of ergonomic support and repetitive motion injuries that may occur at home or in the workplace. We specialize in working to find the root cause of your ailments, and correcting them.

We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in a fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!

1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

Phone: (714) 997-5518

www.walkerpt.com

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Workplace Ergonomics- Chairish the Hot Seat! Part 1 of 4.

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, shares tips on how to design an ergonomic workspace! This will be a four part series, starting today with the importance of choosing a good chair.

Prolonged use of equipment at home or at work that is not ergonomic can lead to many ailments such as carpal tunnel, ulnar and medial nerve inflammation, and also shoulder, neck and back pain.

A good chair is an important investment, just as important as picking a good mattress. There is a good chance you spend just as much time, if not more, sitting in your chair as you do sleeping in your bed! Here are three important tips to consider next time you are in your chair at work or if you are shopping for a new chair.

  1. Chair backs should conform to your back, and the chair should raise up high enough to keep your shoulders at east when you work.
  2. The seat should allow your feet to rest flat on the floor or on a footrest.
  3. Armrest should be soft and allow your shoulders to be relaxed when used.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to address all of the potential variables that may be causing pain related to lack of ergonomic support and repetitive motion injuries that may occur at home or in the workplace. We specialize in working to find the root cause of your ailments, and correcting them.

We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in a fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!

 

Stay tuned for the next installment of our Workplace Ergonomics series!

 

1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

Phone: (714) 997-5518

www.walkerpt.com

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