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The impact of a sedentary lifestyle on the hips and pelvis

Updated: Mar 19, 2021

If you currently lead something of a sedentary lifestyle, and you are suffering from pain in the hips and pelvis then you possibly need to take a look at what may be going on. Many of us have jobs that involve a lot of sitting (desk work, for example) and it can result in pain in the hips and pelvis.

This situation can get only get worse if left untreated, which can lead to limited mobility, increased discomfort and possibly even disability. Very often the situation can be rectified by a change of habit but sometimes help from a professional physical therapist may be needed.

Sitting for too long, and regularly, is most likely going to affect the spine first. Back pain can harm many other areas of the body. Prolonged sitting creates issues by compressing the nerves that are in the pelvis and tail bone, due to the unnatural and awkward positions that sitting create.

Signs that could mean sitting is causing your hip and pelvis pain include:

· Sharp pain in the back after exertion

· Spasms in the lower back when standing straight

· Pelvic and hip pain, or stiffness in your core

· Aching pain your lower or middle back after sitting

If left untreated, these symptoms can reduce your core strength, which can mean reduced flexibility and range of motion later on. This creates poor balance and increases the risks of falling.

Poor posture

Pain and posture is a kind of ‘which came first’ scenario. Maintaining correct and proper posture is important in preventing pelvic pain, and keeps the spine strong and flexible. To help correct posture, ensure that your surroundings are as ergonomically friendly as possible – cushions, supportive pillows and computer adjustments.

Your body mass does matter

It is probably an obvious thing to say, but weight management and exercise do play an important part in the management of chronic pain – including in the hips and pelvis. The fact is, engaging an active lifestyle and managing a healthy weight can go a long way in preventing symptoms from appearing in the first place and help to alleviate the pain experienced while sitting.

Extra body weight adds extra pressure on the hips and pelvis, and so daily stretching and strength training should be a part of a routine that can help you to prevent pelvic pain as well as back problems.

Proper form when doing any exercise is important as it will have a direct and profound impact on the effectiveness of the exercise. Proper form will also prevent you from injuring yourself further and making matters exponentially worse.

A specially trained and certified physical therapist can advise you on exercises that can be done and the proper form for a maximum positive effect. At Janmi, our expert physical therapists can help you either in person or remotely – whichever helps you the most.

For further detail, you can either call us at 0744 6133 337 or drop an email. We love talking to people and helping where we can.

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