How to Protect Your Health In The Computer Era

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How to Protect Your Health In The Computer Era By Dr. Ben Kim on October 09, 2007 General Health Information Let’s begin your quest to stay healthy and fit in the computer era by addressing your foundation. Unless you have a health condition that makes it difficult to sit for a long period of time, your foundation while working on the computer is likely your bum. Your bum, known more technically as your pelvis, serves as a base for your spinal column, which in turn serves as the protective housing for your nervous system, which in turn serves as the primary highway of information traffic that allows you to do and feel everything that you do while you are alive. If your pelvis is consistently faced with asymmetrical or heavy downward pressure, it can begin to experience inflammation in one or more of the joint surfaces, ligaments and muscles that surround it. Put another way, if you sit in an awkward position for long enough, you will inevitably experience an injury to your pelvis. The most obvious cause of pelvic inflammation is sitting on an uneven surface. And this happens most frequently when a person sits with a wallet or some other object in one back pocket. As some health practitioners know, a chief cause of chronic pelvic or lower back pain in truck drivers is sitting for hours at a time with a thick wallet in one back pocket. Your pelvis is designed to evenly distribute its workload to both of your bum cheeks. The sitting bone that you can feel at the bottom of each bum cheek while you are seated is called your ischial tuberosity. And if one ischial tuberosity has to consistently take on its own workload plus part of the workload that its partner is responsible for, it is only a matter of time before inflammation occurs and the natural biomechanical design and function of your pelvis goes awry. Next Up: Your Lower Back Just above your pelvis sits your lower back, also called your lumbar spinal region. This is where most painful disc protrusions and other chronic lower back problems tend to occur. The spinal bones that house and protect your spinal cord are separated at each level by round discs of cartilage that are designed to act as shock absorbers. If these discs experience too much stress – over time or even as a one-time major injury – they can begin to “slip” backward into your spinal canal, where they can put pressure on your
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spinal cord or spinal nerves. Once in contact with your spinal cord or spinal nerves, a slipped disc almost always translates to serious discomfort. As you have probably guessed, sitting for long periods of time can, over the long term, put enough pressure on your lumbar discs to cause chronic lower back pain. Actually, sitting for a living can put damaging pressure on a number of structures in your lower back; a slipped disc is the most common and easily visualized lower back problem that can occur – this is why we are using it as our prime example in this section. Clearly, it may not be practical for you to find an alternative to sitting while you are
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