Dr. Leipzig is a board-certified, Salem, Virginia spine surgeon with over two decades of experience. He specializes in procedures including robotic spine surgery, microsurgical lumbar surgery, disc arthroplasty, minimally invasive spine surgery, and more, serving the greater Roanoke, VA area. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please contact our office.
It might seem counter-intuitive, but sitting is actually harder on your back than standing. Between eating meals, driving, and eight hours at your desk, we tend to spend a considerably large amount of our time sitting down.
Sitting obstructs blood flow from getting to your spine and it increases the overall stress on your spine. It is also linked to weight gain, increased risk of heart disease, and a lower life expectancy. Our recommendation is to find ways to get up and get moving!
If you must sit a lot, it is important to find the right setup that will keep you comfortable and healthy. Here are some tips:
-Make sure your knees are slightly higher than your hips
-Keep your chair pushed right up to the table/desk
-Support your arms with armrests
Make sure to get up and walk around often during the day. Try standing up during breakfast or visiting a coffee shop that is farther away from the office. Your spine will thank you.
Dr. Leipzig and the staff at Virginia Spine Care hope this information will help you and your spine stay healthy. If you or your child requires the attention of a spine specialist, please call Dr. Leipzig at 540-725-9770 or ask your physician for a referral to Virginia Spine Care.