Sitting on your backside all day in various forms of repose and poor posture can wreak havoc with weak backs. In lieu of the last blog, it is probably worth reminding people about good posture and a few simple ways to keep yourself accountable. Try to remind yourself that every time you catch yourself slumping or slouching and correct, you are making an investment in your overall well-being.
- Feet flat on the ground. This is a test: how long can you last before you cross your legs or adjust “comfortably,” yet crookedly in a chair. One thing that will help you stay grounded is keeping both feet flat on the floor.
- Shoulders back. Draw back your shoulder blades and take a deep breath. You have relieved the pressure of slumping from the diaphragm and relieved shoulder tension at the same time.
- Ears over shoulders: this maxim helps you remember not to lean toward the screen, as is the natural human impulse as the hours drag on. Whenever you can remember, hit the reset button so that you don’t strain the muscles in the neck and upper back.
- Simply keep your butt back in the chair. This encourages you to also keep your back straight, using the chair as a rest. If you really want to up the ante, stick a rolled up sweater or small pillow in the low back to support the natural curvature of the spine.
Stop leaving work reeling from the effects of 8 hours on a chair in front of a screen. Call our office to enact a proactive plan that will help keep you invested in your health and productivity by keeping the pain at bay. If your muscles are sore and stiff, we provide the hands-on therapy which will relieve tension and open them up to an influx of nutrients through enhanced blood flow. Chiropractic is essential for maintaining spinal balance and thereby regulating the function of the nervous system. Call our office and find out how we can help you today!
Dr. Jeff Haynes, D.C.