How long can you sit down and face your computer without feeling back pains?

please advise how to get rid of back pain - causing back pain while facing your computer
Philippines
March 21, 2007 4:44pm CST
I have been working in an office for sometime now, spending hours in front of the computer... but lately am pretty bothered with the bad back pain am feeling after a couple of hours of sitting down here in my work station and doing my job on the computer. I got to admit am not really posture conscious..sometimes I sit straight "poised" and sometimes I tend to slouch especially when I get pretty bored...:P But I guess I have bee doing these ever since, but why only now that am feeling these bad back pains? Have you also experienced back pains after spending a few hours in front of your computer? how long can you stand doing some computer works without causing pain on your back? or do you sit properly that you can't feel even just a lil back pain no matter how long you stay on your computer?and for those experiencing back pains, what do you usually do to ease the pain you're having? please advise as my back pain is really distracting me... many thanks
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@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
21 Mar 07
that is a wonderful question cause i can now tell about the before and after i bought my special computer chair..lol usually now with the new chair i can sit hours without ..(tfo tfo tfo) having any back pains. if your back is killing you you have to buy a new chair.. i am pretty sure that it can solve the problem
@paraacbe (231)
• India
22 Mar 07
yeah,this is probloem facing many of the people nowadays ..i feel todays computer professionals are losing their health for wealthwhats special abought the chair you bought??
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• Philippines
22 Mar 07
I guess I had to agree with you, friends..maybe this has something to do with my chair here in the office... but too bad, I got no way getting rid of this chair and replace this with a good one..we have the same kind of chairs here.. huhuhuhu
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@kgwat70 (13392)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Fortunately, I have not experienced any back pains as a result from sitting in front of a computer too long. My aches and pains are due to something else. My feet and legs do fall asleep so when I get up it is hard to walk around. My eyes get sore from sitting in front of a computer too long or I may get headache. It probably is related to your posture so you should try and improve that if possible. Maybe you can get one of those back support things to help you get through the day and make it more comfortable for you.
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• Philippines
22 Mar 07
you must be lucky not to feel any back pains after spending hours in front of your computer.. yeah, am working on my posture now..hope this would help a bit.. thanks and Godbless!
• Canada
22 Mar 07
I usually try to sit as straight backed as possible. My chair does support my lower back but it's not very comfortable so I try to sit on a cushion. I can't usually go longer than a couple of hours without experiencing pain and my butt goes numb too so I stand up and walk round a little bit. there are braces you can get, like support belts that you wear round your waist and lower back and they help to support it and keep it straight. that may help some with the pain you're experiencing, but if it's getting worse, you should see your doctor. He should examine you at least and see if there's a medical condition causing it.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Make sure you workstation is setup ergonomically. You can often request from many employers that they do an evaluation so they can set up your work area tailor-made for you. It's often far cheaper for them then the time you miss from work, possible lawsuits, and healthcare costs. Just making sure everything is the right height and you are maintaining the correct posture can work wonders. Do a search on the internet for "ergonomics" and a plethora of sites will give you the details. And well haha a new chair might help too.:)
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• Philippines
22 Mar 07
thanks for your tips filmbuff... wish my boss would listen to me when I go ask him to replace my chair.. :(( and yah, i'll go check the details of ergonomics.. thanks and Godbless!
@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
22 Mar 07
I learnt, by experience, three years ago what to do to avoid back & neck pain from sitting at the computer for many houres. I keep my shoulders straight. That's it. I have not had a problem since.
• Philippines
22 Mar 07
uuummmmm I guess I need to train myself to sit and keep my shoulders straight from now on...coz I do slouch at times.. lol thanks for your advice, jennybianca. Godbless!
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@brckoba (795)
• United States
22 Mar 07
I can stay in front of my computer for about 4 hours thanks to my massaging chair. I don't really slouch. You know what also helps my feet and knees not to hurt, I try to keep my feet a little elevated by using a foot stool.
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• Philippines
22 Mar 07
you're really innovative, brckoba... haven't thought of putting a foot stool to elevate my feet. :P
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• United States
21 Mar 07
I sure hope you get your back pain under control. It could cause a bigger problem for you in the future. I usually sit at my computer 3 to 5 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week at home. I haven't had any pain in my back for awhile now, but when my back does hurt I put a pillow between my back and the chair I sit in. I even do this in the car when I'm driving. Maybe you should try sitting in a different chair at work. Try raising or lowering the chair to see if the level at which your body faces your desk could lessen the pain.Prayers are with you.
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• Philippines
22 Mar 07
thanks for your concerned thoughts, donnaroos.. I do hope I'd be well soon.. I mean, cut down my back pain even just a bit... yeah, I have brought my square pillow here in teh office and somehow it relieves a bit when I put it on my back... thanks and Godbless!
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• India
22 Mar 07
i can sit for more than 2 hours
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@twongps (10)
• Malaysia
22 Mar 07
It does bother me after a couple of hours (3 to 4). What I normally do it get up and do some neck exercise. Turn your neck around both left and right up and down. Also do some stretching exercises. Sure helps.
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@kathy77 (7487)
• Australia
22 Mar 07
Oh I don't feel the back pain within hours that is due to I get up and have a little walk probably as I do 6 hours straight every time when I am on my computer. I do however rub oil on my back for back pain when I do have any back pain.
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• India
22 Mar 07
its sad to hear that you are suffering from back pain. i know how sitting for long hours in office can increase your back pain. bad posture and bad shape of the chair are the main causes behind it. sitting infront of computer, especially using mylot, can be quite engrossing and one can forget in what posture they've been sitting for a long time. even i face terrible back ache while sitting in my workstation without moving. but nevermind, there are some good exercises that i will suggest you for getting a relief from your back-pain. i normally prefer stretch exercises. You Stand with your back against a wall and feet shoulder-width apart. Slide down into a crouch with knees bent to about 90 degrees. Count to five and slide back up the wall. Repeat 5 times. Lie on your stomach. Tighten the muscles in one leg and raise it from the floor. Hold your leg up for a count of 10 and return it to the floor. Do the same with the other leg. Repeat five times with each leg. Lie on your back with your arms at your sides. Lift one leg off the floor. Hold your leg up for a count of 10 and return it to the floor. Do the same with the other leg. Repeat five times with each leg. If that is too difficult, keep one knee bent and the foot flat on the ground while raising the leg. You can also sit upright in a chair with legs straight and extended at an angle to the floor. Lift one leg waist high. Slowly return your leg to the floor. Do the same with the other leg. Repeat five times with each leg. Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on floor. Slowly raise your head and shoulders off the floor and reach with both hands toward your knees. Count to 10. Repeat five times.you can call this as a partial sit-up. Stand behind a chair with your hands on the back of the chair. Lift one leg back and up while keeping the knee straight. Return slowly. Raise other leg and return. Repeat five times with each leg. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on your bed or floor. Raise your knees toward your chest. Place both hands under your knees and gently pull your knees as close to your chest as possible. Do not raise your head. Do not straighten your legs as you lower them. Start with five repetitions, several times a day. Stand with your feet slightly apart. Place your hands in the small of your back, at the back of your waist. Keep your knees straight. Bend backwards at the waist as far as possible and hold the position for one or two seconds. I'm sure these exercises will be of great help to you. take care and get well soon!
• India
22 Mar 07
you may enter this link to watch some back exercise videos: http://www.back.com/video.html?filename=exercise-wallsquats
@vasishta (73)
• India
22 Mar 07
i can sit without a back how much ever time.....maybe for ever......if u keep on playing and chatting....ur mind will get involved in chattinmg and playing only....and u willl, naturally, forget abt everything other than on what u r doing.....alll u have to do is just dont think of it.... ur willl easily fret that back pain n all... it is just really posssible to be like that.... it is it is and it is...... its NATURAl!
• India
22 Mar 07
1 mistake in my typing there..... in the first line... i have written: i can sit without a back... its a mistake... the correction is:: i can sit without a "back pain"...not back! really....thats wiill l\ become ridiculous....!
@GardenGerty (125521)
• United States
21 Mar 07
After a long session at the computer, my back hurts the next day. More so from using the lap top, than the desk top. I hurt my knees and leg more, as I fold them back funny. It is not good for the lower back, either. I use a topical cream that has capsaicin (hot pepper oil) in it on my back, or knees, or whatever hurts. It gets really warm sometimes, but relieves the pain. I also take mega doses of B6, and take calcium and magnesium. Take better care of yourself now while you are young, so you can still run and play when you are old, like me.
@dio123 (1788)
• India
14 Nov 07
I used to spend a lot of time in front of computer screen and continuously changing my sitting posture almost unnoticed every time, whenever I feel some problem I try to correct my sitting habits
@Perry2007 (2229)
• Philippines
10 Nov 07
Thank my natural supplements, it helps me with health problems. I too have experienced that back pains. but it was helped by exercise and good diet. Posture and care also in sleeping and waking up from bed. I learned that there is a proper way of sleeping, specially when you have back pains, Sleep on one side with your legs curled out together, or feet stretched out together. that is to balance distribution of weight. Then when you get out of bed, roll to your side, lift your body with your elbows help you to a seated position on one side of your bed first then stand on your feet. When you lift anything heavy, like a pail of water, sit on your knees so that the weight will not be on your back, but on your knees when you carry a weight. When you seat on your computer table, seat on a proper position such that your spine is rested on the back rest and stand every ones in a while. I am on my computer for as long as 16 hours, but I rest every ones in a while. I hope you can pick somethings here that can help you. Have a great day and God Bless.
@canxnac (421)
• Indonesia
15 Oct 07
well Rexy_leigh, sitting in front of ur computer for a very long time is not good for both ur back or neck and ur eyes. It's better to rest ur body after an hour or so, then continuing ur work, u'll feel more fresh and then u'll be able to do ur works better =) As for me, if there's something I must do (or something very interesting to do) with my beloved compie, I can sit in front of it from... well, say, 9 p.m. 'til 1 a.m. without any rest. I'm still young so luckily I've never had backsore =)
@subathra (3519)
• India
15 Oct 07
browsing in front of the computer - sitting long hours in front of the system
I have been working in an office and need to spend atleast 5 hours before the computer..as iam in the finance department sometimes i need to complete some long statements which takes more than 2 hours time.i have felt the back pain while sitting for more than an hour..i just sit straight or sometimes lie comfortably in my chair for a while to relax myself from the pain..sometimes i take a short break of 5-10 minutes by just walking around my cabin and then continue..
@Neriz69 (1043)
• Philippines
15 Oct 07
I used to have back pains from sitting for long in front of the computer. Try to do some stretching every now and then. Also a friend of mine introduced me to a bio magnetic bracelet from amegaglobal, now I don't feel back pains any more. There have been studies about the effect of certain magnets to the body. Check out the site www.bmj.com (British Medical Journal) the tieleof the study is ""Randomised controlled trial of magnetic bracelets for relieving pain in osteoarthritis of the hip and knee." I hope this helps, enjoy reading.
@albert2412 (1782)
• United States
22 Mar 07
I am surprised that a pretty young lady like you is experiencing back pains at such a young age. i am older than you and my back starts to bother me after several hours. Then I need to stand up and walk around for a few minutes. Are you allowed to walk around a while when you feel back pain?
@kurtbiewald (2627)
• United States
22 Mar 07
like 3 hours I have a 100 year old chair I thin kI will get a better one ergonomically