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Back Pain Relief Tip Of The Week: Take Micro Breaks To Relieve Back Pain

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 04:39 PM

back_pain_purple-3.jpgWe have previously discussed how the society that we live in has become one where sitting for extended periods has become a necessity for many people. People spend too much time sitting, and all of that sitting is one of the main reasons that the number of cases of people suffering with back pain, neck pain, or sciatica has increased dramatically in a short amount of time.

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In one of our earlier tips we suggested that people who have been sitting for too long should stand up and move around for a couple minutes to help relieve their back pain. Unfortunately for some people this may not be possible, because they have jobs that prevent them from getting up and leaving their workspace. For these people (and anyone else), if you can't stand up and move around we recommend taking what is called a micro break every hour or so. It is a very simple stretch that can be done from any chair:

  • Step 1: Scoot to the front edge of your chair
  • Step 2: Sit up straight, with your feet firmly on the floor and pointing forward, and knees about shoulder width apart
  • Step 3: Stretch out your arms at your sides with palms facing outward
  • Step 4: Hold your shoulders back
  • Step 5: Rotate your palms in small circles, which will roll your shoulders back 


Some may find this stretch a little confusing. The video below talks more about the micro break and shows how it is correctly performed:


At the Illinois Back Institute we strive to educate people as much as possible about their back, neck, and sciatica pain, because it has been proven that the more people know about their pain the more likely they will be to get rid of it!

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