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Throughout my years of practice one of the most common conditions I continue to treat patients for is lower back pain and hip dysfunction.  That dull ache just above the hips that never seems to subside.  The constant feeling of needing to stretch your hamstrings but no matter how much stretching you do the stiffness doesn’t go away and there are minimal or no range increases.

“I have a standing desk, so why does my back hurt?”

The standing desk is a great step forward into trying to fix and address the constant back aches common with most seated office workers doing the 9 – 5 grind.  More often than not, having the appropriate equipment and tools without the understanding of how to best utilise them will rarely achieve the desired results.

How are you standing?

Do you shift your weight to one side or the other? Was the cause of the lower back pain assessed and corrected prior?  Weak or inhibited glutes play a large roll in causing pain and dysfunction in your back, hips and knees.  Sitting for long periods of time can make the hip flexors tight and overactive, which inhibit the glutes. Inhibited glutes and overactive hip flexors tend to result in an undesired chain of events, namely an “anterior pelvic tilt”. This forward tilted position of the hips may causes compression through the lower back, leading to that constant ache.  It also puts the glutes and hamstrings in a lengthened state which causes them to function inefficiently, if at all.  The glutes should be active to stabilise your hip position and support your trunk.

If your posture isn’t properly assessed and corrected prior to using a standing desk, standing in a tilt position may cause lower back pain.  Normal posture while standing, our joints should be stacked, not anteriorly tilted at the hips.

Are you tilted?  Are you standing correctly?  Call 03 9596 9930 to book an assessment with a Myotherapist and we’ll show you how to correct your posture, allowing you to stand pain free.

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Category: Myotherapy, Posture