April 20, 2020

Is sitting causing you pain?

We sit for long periods when working, studying or binging shows, and it’s hurting us.

It might seem strange, but sitting for long periods of time is hard on your body. Sitting for longer than 30 minutes at a time can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and back pain.

So what can we do about it? Getting a massage is good for more than just relaxation, massage therapy releases tension in your muscles built up from studying or working. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch massage technique, releasing deep tensions to relieve pain and improving your body's ability to heal.

Working on a computer can cause pain too

Avoid repetitive strain injuries caused by working on a computer by practicing good ergonomics when you study or work. Try these tips from the Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta:

  • Adjust the height of your chair so the seat is just below your kneecap when standing.
  • Support the small of your back with the chair’s lumbar support.
  • Remove the armrests if you can’t type or mouse and have a 90° at your elbow.
  • Adjust your monitor so you don’t have to look up or down at it.
  • Take stretch breaks.

Try these easy stretches:

UW Medicine

All our massage therapists at Student Wellness Services are trained in CST. Appointments are available for students, faculty, staff and the public. Call 403-210-9355 to book.