No matter how comfortable or ergonomically positioned your work station is, sitting for hours everyday causes stress and strain on the muscles, ligaments, and joints of the spine. This stress is referred to as Tissue Creep which is the progressive deformation of tissue beyond its intrinsic stretch capacity resulting from a constant load over time. A classic example of this is sitting at a desk all day with a forward head position and a rounded, slumped spine. This sustained loading causes micro-damage in the tissue which leads to muscle stiffness and spasms, inflammation, and decreased range of motion. Tissue Creep is time dependent, the process starts to occur after about 30 minutes. To stop this process from occurring try this micro-break throughout the day:
Standing up, roll the shoulders back and down, squeezing the shoulder blades together, look up towards the ceiling and reach your finger tips down towards the floor. Hold for 30-60 seconds. Perform every 30 minutes throughout your working day.
Micro-breaks help to relieve built-up tension and reset our posture, helping to keep our muscles and spine healthy.