Getting Chronic Back Pain at Your 9 to 5 Desk Job?

Friday, August 23 2013

The pain you are experiencing may not be due to your desk chair or sitting in front of a computer at work all day, but rather, the thoughts you choose to think. Internationally renowned author and lecturer Louise L. Hay’s positive thinking method helps change your thoughts, and in turn, change your physical health and overall happiness.

Try these simple tips NOW at your desk to radically change your health.


back pain at workWe’ve all experienced aches, pains and discomfort after sitting in front of a computer for too long. Cramping fingers, an aching back, tired eyes… these symptoms are all too common among office-working Americans. Unfortunately, getting away from your desk work can be almost impossible in this modern technology-crazed age. Sitting for prolonged periods of time can be detrimental to our health, increasing our risk of cancer and even death as this American Cancer Society study indicates.

If not dealt with immediately, these minor pains can turn into chronic pain. According to the Institute of Medicine, an average of 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, thus drowning our nation in costly medical bills, and halting productivity in the workplace.

To help prevent such drastic health risks and to ensure the productivity and creativity of their employees, companies such as Google and Facebook have reinvented the traditional office workstation to include stand-up desks with a treadmill, meeting rooms that look more like lounges out of a 3D cartoon, and recreation rooms, while encouraging employees to take exercise breaks in the company gym or basketball court.

These various options are great to give your body a break from its’ stationary position at your desk and a chance to move around during the workday. The Harvard School of Public Health recommends healthy adults should get a “minimum of two and a half hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, or a minimum of one and a quarter hours of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or a combination of the two”. But most of us don’t work at companies that provide us with these kinds of spaces or time to partake in some workday exercise.

So what can you do to get rid of all of your aches and pains RIGHT NOW, without even getting up from your desk? World renowned author, counselor and lecturer Louise L. Hay presents in her international bestselling book You Can Heal Your Life, lists of affirmations that show it is all up to you and the power of your positive thoughts to shape your mental health, and consequently your physical health.

Now, her affirmations have nothing to do with those Saturday Night Live Stuart Smalley Daily Affirmation sketches.

Both ancient philosophers and modern day neuroscientists and cardiologists have discovered links between stress and disease, as well as the mind's capacity to heal bodily ailments.

As one of the founders of the self-help movement and pioneers of positive thought patterns, Louise spent more than 16 years working as a counselor and during that time was able to identify certain mental causes that correlated with physical illnesses, from which she created a list, her first major publication Heal Your Body, of positive thought patterns to reverse illness and promote health in the body, mind and soul.

What to do

So let's take a look at those annoying back problems you are probably experiencing right now as you read this at your desk. Louise breaks down back problems into three trouble areas: the lower, middle and upper back.

If you are experiencing lower back pain, ask yourself if you have a fear of money, or a lack of financial support? If so, stop dwelling on it, Louise argues. Instead, she suggests changing your thought pattern to: "I trust the process of life. All I need is always taken care of. I am safe."

For middle back pain: Do you feel guilty? "Stuck in all that stuff back there" and just want people to "get off your back"? Try telling yourself: "I release the past. I am free to move forward with love in my heart."

Finally, upper back pain: Do you feel a lack of emotional support and are you feeling unloved? Maybe you are even holding back love? Try telling yourself: "I love and approve of myself. Life supports and loves me."

Try it now. Say them out loud. If you are embarrassed and don't want your co-workers to see or hear you, then say them to yourself or go to the bathroom and hang-out in the stall. Do it. Now! Take a deep breath. Hold it for 10 seconds and then slowly exhale out, counting to 10 on the exhale. Repeat this breathing as many times as you need to relax your body. Repeat to yourself the positive affirmations from above. It's time to train your brain to think positively. If you are sitting for prolonged periods of time with chronic back pain, then do yourself a favor and think positively for prolonged periods of time and get rid of that pain. Watch what a difference it will make to your happiness and physical health.

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Written by Sarah Barbod@SBarbod

  • James Patrick
    Great advice. Working on the computer for a long time obviously causes back pain. You have to take a rest every alternating 30-40 minutes and do some sketches or exercise. You also have to use a good ergonomic chair and maintain the right sitting posture. I found a helpful article which describes how to maintain good computer posture There is no permanent solution for back pain. You have to maintain the correct posture always.
    Tuesday, Aug 27 2019 7:55:36am
  • Marisa Conroy
    Wow, this is so helpful! Through regular yoga practice, I have been learning lately about the ways that our minds, bodies, and spirits are powerfully linked - such that we often store stress in various parts of our bodies. Thank you for shedding a bit more light on this topic, and for bringing further medical research into the conversation. I intend to try your suggested strategies tomorrow at my desk! Thank you, @SBarbod!
    Tuesday, Sep 10 2013 6:52:28am
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