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Why is my back sore after sitting in the office all day?

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Posted by Nathan Van Der Laan on Sep 25, 2015 6:41:01 PM

Stiffness and soreness of the back are common occurrences for those of us who work in an office. The lack of movement and often times poor posture that we adopt can be attributed to your back and other types of pains. There is a good chance that mobility plays a factor, too. Or the lack thereof, to be exact.



What Is Mobility?

Mobility can be described as the range of motion of a joint under specific circumstances. It has to do with how well you can move. Can you move freely and free of pain? Can you drop to the bottom of a squat position and hang out there, pain-free? Training mobility should really be the first port of call for anyone who is serious about sports, or just general health and well-being.


So Why Is My Back Stiff After Sitting In The Office All Day?

Humans were not meant to sit in an office all day. We weren’t designed to do that. Instead, we have evolved to move, to hunt, to forage. The past 200’000 years has seen our bodies adapt for precisely these purposes. 9-5 office jobs are a relatively new thing, and they could well be the reason you are experiencing back pain. Being in a seated position all day really hurts your mobility. Your hip flexors, for one, are being shortened. Furthermore, you have no real control over your body when you are in that position, as we are always supported by a chair or a couch – this can lead to weakness and stiffness.


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