Work Habits to Protect Your Spine

We spend over half of our time in a week at work. For some, the numbers are skewed far in the direction of work. We feel like we have to work more to get ahead, and sometimes, that’s true. Because of the amount of time we spend at the office, it’s important to take steps to stay healthy while there. One part of the body that really takes a hit at work is your spine. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to protect the health of your spine while at work. Check out these simple tips for improving your spinal health while burning the midnight oil.

Get Up

Too much sitting is bad for your health. It’s bad for circulation, bad for your muscles, and bad for your spine. In today’s world, a lot of jobs require quite a bit of sitting. Whether that’s behind the computer or on the phone, sitting for long hours at a time can do a number on your back. If you want to keep both your body and your back healthy, you have to take some time to get out of that seated position. Get up and stand periodically. This is a really simple step that can be done with very little effort, but will still produce great results.

Take a Walk

When standing isn’t enough, get up and move around. Take a walk around your office, around the block, or across the street and back. The simple act of getting up and moving will make a  big difference in the way that your body feels. It doesn’t have to be a long walk to make a difference. A simple stroll will be enough during your work day to keep your spine healthy.

Stretch It Out

Another great way to take care of your spine is to make small times to stretch throughout the day. This will keep your joints, muscles, and your spine loose and limber. It will help to prevent tension from building up, and increases your general range of motion. Try stretching when you get out of bed, once or twice at work, and then before you hit the sack at the end of the day.

Chiropractic Care

Getting regular chiropractic care can help to heal current pains and stave off future pains in the neck and back and in other parts of the body. A chiropractor may be able to align your spine and allow for better function and less wear and tear. This can help at work, at home, and just about anywhere.

Along with these work habit tips, get some help with your back at The Joint...the Chiropractic Place. A chiropractor at The Joint may be able to align your spine and keep you in good shape now and in the future. With affordable pricing and walk-in appointments, good spinal health and better health overall could be just around the corner.

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