Sitting for long periods of time has a negative effect of our health. Research shows that people who sit six hours or longer can experience a number of health concerns, including increased blood pressure, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels.
Prolonged sitting also has a negative physical effect on our bodies. Tight muscles surrounding the hip joint can cause pain and discomfort in the hips and lower spine.
Tight hip flexors—located in the front of the hip—can cause the pelvis to tilt forward, while tight abductors—located in the side of the hip—can cause the thighs to rotate outward and put pressure on the knees and low back.
Not to mention chronic neck and shoulder pain, and general back pain from bad posture.
Simply put, our bodies were not meant to sit and be still all day long, but the good news is prolonged sitting isn’t hard to counteract. Get up every hour. Move your body in however you see fit, and stretch twice a day to bring back strength to the surrounding muscles and hip joint.
Check out the video below to see demonstrations of each stretch. Perform these a few times throughout your day and you'll notice a BIG difference in the way your body feels!
1. PIRIFORMIS STRETCH
2. QUADRATUS LUMBORUM STRETCH
3. SEATED CROSS LEG STRETCH
4. HIP FLEXOR LOW LUNGE
5. COBRA WITH FEET ELEVATED
I hope this helps, I am here to serve you any way I can!
Your Massage Therapist,