Most of us—80% of Americans—experience back or neck pain at some time in our life.
More than half of sufferers say that sitting in the same position for long periods at a time has the most negative impact on their back health and thousands of workers admit that they spend virtually the whole day in the same position.
Sitting causes up to twice as much pressure on the spine as standing, so your back is always hard at work even when you think it’s resting.
Research suggests that one half of all working Americans have back pain symptoms each year.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Sit up straight: Have your bottom against the seat back and shoulder blades touching the back of the chair. Keep arms relaxed and close to the body and placed on the desk when typing.
- Drive well: Drivers’ seats should be set slightly backwards, and elbows should be at a comfortable and relaxed angle.
- Be computer compatible: The top of the screen should be level with your eyebrows and the chair titled slightly forward – knees should be lower than hips and feet flat on the floor.
- Take regular breaks: Don’t sit for more than 30 minutes without standing to stretch or taking a little walk. Use your feet instead of the internal phone or have meetings standing up.
- Drink Up: Try drinking water instead of tea or coffee.
Most times we don’t realize how hard we are working our spines – actually abusing our spines! Our spine and pelvis may be out of alignment, keeping us from sitting straight, and we don’t realize it until we experience PAIN. Since the health of our entire body may depend on being in alignment, it is wise to have regular Chiropractic adjustments to insure that we live a healthy life. Your chiropractor can also advise you on simple daily exercise regimes to combat the stress of sitting.
We take our cars for routine check-ups! Do you do that for your spine?
We take our cars to the garage if it is running poorly! Do you see a Chiropractor if your back is working poorly?
Chiropractic Care is available at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville, PA, West Lehigh Valley
Be smart…if you are experiencing pain or if you want to prevent pain,
Call 610-841-3395 today for an appointment.