In the year 2012, there were more than 120,000 writers and authors in the United States. Keeping this statistic in mind, it's safe to assume that I'm not the only person who suffers from back and shoulder pain as a result of sitting behind a computer screen all day. Sure, lots of people think that my job is heaven-sent because I'm literally provided with all the freedom in the world to complete my work as I please, but when it comes to reality, most of my work is completed sitting behind a desk, staring at a computer screen, which results in many different types of pain.
Over the past few days, I've thought to myself, 'Surely there's got to be a better way to deal with pain!'
If you happen to spend your days sitting behind a desk, typing away on a keyboard, and/or completing paperwork, here are a couple back pain treatment tips that are sure to make your life a bit more comfortable.
Dish Out the Money for a Comfortable Chair
An ergonomic chair that promotes good posture can go a long way toward reducing the pain endured from sitting behind a desk all day. Even better is the fact that these chairs don't cost an arm and a leg. They are going to be a bit more expensive than average desk chairs, but being that they promote good posture, your money will be well invested. Best of all, you can usually find ergonomic chairs at consignment shops and flea markets for well under the price they normally sell for. It wasn't too long ago that I found an ergonomic chair for $25 at a local peddler's mall.
A Daily Dose of Exercise Goes a Long Way
It was only two years ago that I weighed 119 pounds. Nowadays, though, I tend to maintain a weight level of about 140 lbs. Why in the world did I gain so much weight? I’ll tell you why. It’s because over the past two years, my freelance writing business has really started to explode, and I’ve found myself sitting behind my desk much more often than I used to. As a result, I’ve quit being as active as I used to be.
Over the past couple of months, though, I’ve started walking 20 minutes a day on the treadmill. Since then, I’ve dropped about 10 pounds, and I’ve noticed my back and shoulder pain have greatly reduced. Keeping this in mind, it’s easy for me to assume that my daily workout is going a long way toward reducing the pain associated with sitting behind a desk. You should do the same. All it takes is 20 minutes a day.
The Pain Can Get Better
If you suffer from pain because you sit behind a desk all day, there’s great news! Relieving the pain is possible, and best of all, you can reduce your pain without visiting a doctor. But keep in mind that if your pain worsens, visiting a doctor who specializes in pain will be a smart move to make.