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Posted on 12-15-2015

June – Correct Posture Month

With more and more opting for desk jobs, which includes long hours of sitting, incidents of chronic back and neck pain seems to sweep the world.  Truth be said, approximately 31 million Americans suffer from lower back pain at any point of time.  That translates to at least eight out of ten people in America.  Back pain is one of the most common reasons to miss work. Such chronic mechanical back pain is the second most common reason for an average American to visit the doctor. And a national total of 86 billion is spent annually just on back pain treatments, therapies and medications.

Sedentary lifestyle involving prolong (and bad) sitting postures, lack of exercise is a key reason behind back, neck and muscle pains. Well, it’s not just back pain. Such lifestyle substantially increases chances of weight problems, joint ailments, nerve problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. The disproportionate distribution of force, along your body puts unnecessary pressure along the cervical spine leading to internal wear and tear along with overall poor health.

Posture awareness is critically important

Maintaining a favourable body posture and the importance of periodically getting out of the chair, especially if your job includes long sitting hours, is absolutely key. So why is it necessary to maintain a good body posture?

  • Slouching in the chair or couch, compresses the internal organs, affecting the smooth passage and functioning of the body.
  • An upright, expansive posture is synonymous to “power posture”, facilitating the blood and oxygen flow to the brain by an impressive 40%.
  • While researchers have repeatedly highlighted the connection between postures and emotional well-being, an upright posture helps you avoid helpless, hopeless and negative memories.
  • Continued Poor postures often left patients with Degenerative disc disease, tension headaches, breathing troubles and certain cases of constipation, acid reflux and even hernias.

So what else could be done?

Well, our jobs are important, but so is our health. So it’s important to strike a balance between working hours and practicing some healthy routines.

  • Choose a chair or a car seat that provides good lumbar support.
  • Your upper arms should be in parallel to your spine and your elbows should be at a 90 degree angle. Rest your bottom against the back of the chair. Remember, your lower back should have proper support so as to reduce strain on your back.
  • Keeping your body weight evenly spread on the feet is essential. This is predominantly the reason why ladies should try and avoid wearing those killer pointed heels.
  • Well, it’s fine to take short breaks at work and indulge in some exercise. Simple training exercises such as shoulder elevation, shoulder abduction, one-arm row, and reverse fly and upright row helps in “Adjusting” your body after a long sitting stint.

All it takes is some extra care and you could avoid problems of chronic back pain. Sitting posture and regular exercise are two of the most important remedial action.

How Can Chiropractic care help!!

  • Chiropractic adjustment “fixes” the body at a deep cellular level and helps in musculoskeletal management, particularly back and neck pain.
  • Chiropractic alignment procedure, affects oxidative stress and DNA repair thereby providing respite from back pain troubles.
  • One-legged squats, jump squats; few hip and chest stretch exercises significantly helps in avoiding a back pain.
  • A poor posture is one prime reason for degenerative disc disease, tension headaches, constipation, acid reflux and even hernias. A Chiropractic adjustment could significantly help.

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