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Is Your Day Job a Pain? Literally? I never used to notice as much, but especially during my pregnancy, sitting for 8-9 hours a day is really taking its toll. It's getting to the point where I collect a whole pile of things to be delivered, and don't get up from my desk until I have 4 stops to make. If I need to ask a question, I use the intercom, or I email my co-workers. I'm not lazy… it's just really painful when I first stand. I know some of you out there suffer from chronic pain, too. I am hoping that once my little man arrives, mine will abate a bit, but Ive also got to be prepared for the fact that age and this sedentary lifestyle are going to take their toll.
While we sometimes thing we are being tough by ignoring the pain, it's actually much more helpful if you remember – pain is often a cue that we need to do something differently. The American Osteopatic Association (AOA) has some tips to Break Through Your Pain. The AOA recently discovered in a study that 2 in 5 office workers avoid getting up from their desks to talk to coworkers because of their pain. I totally relate to that! Over 100 million Americans live in pain – but if your pain is from getting stuck at your desk for 5 or more hours a day, the AOA has some tips that might help you.
I have been doing the stretches in their video, and the first day, I felt pretty foolish at my desk… I got a few laughs, but I get a pass right now from the guys. My belly is in the way. But you know what? My back and shoulders didn't hurt nearly as much at the end of the day. I have more energy for chasing Raya – and without so much pain and tension, my mood was the biggest improvement. You should try this for yourself – it literally only takes a minute!
As silly as I felt the first time – one of the other ladies in the office has started stretching with me. We do it 3 times a day, once in the late morning, twice in the afternoon. She said she has a lot of trouble with carrying tension in her shoulders, and she said it's making a big difference for her, too! I don't think we will be able to convert everyone in our office, but it's been nice to be able to share something that makes a positive impact. I shared these tips at the office, and I'm sharing with you today – I encourage you to give it a try for yourself, and if you feel better for stretching, you should share too! It's free, its easy, and it can make a world of difference in managing chronic pain!