Chiropractic Puts the Red Light on These 4 Actions
By Brandi Goodman
A red light means stop, and that's exactly what the chiropractor is telling you to do when it comes to a few common actions. Stop sleeping on your stomach. Stop slouching. Stop pushing yourself too hard. Stop looking down at your device. Here's why.
Sleeping on your stomach may feel comfortable when you're first drifting off. However, you're more likely to wake up with lower back pain if you fell asleep this way. Your spine goes out of alignment when your stomach is pushed down and your back isn't straight. It's much better for your body if you sleep on your side, with a pillow between your knees. Your spine stays the way it's supposed to in this position.
Many people have long been told they shouldn't slouch. And yet, so few actually listen to that advice. If you're constantly slouching and hunching over, you're going to cause damage to your spine. You need to sit and stand up straight so your spine remains in proper alignment.
If you've heard the phrase, "no pain, no gain," and taken it to heart, you're probably pushing yourself well past your limits. It's normal to feel a few minor aches when you're exercising, but you shouldn't be having chronic pain that you just push past to get through your workout. Stop pushing yourself so hard and give your body the break it needs when it asks for it.
Spending Time on Smart Phones and Devices
You shouldn't be spending a significant portion of your day on your smart phone or other devices. This is especially true if you consistently find yourself looking down at it, keeping your neck in a constant angled position. Your neck and shoulders will suffer greatly because of it. Get off the phone more often and find something more beneficial to do with your time. If you do want to look at your device, at least set it up so you're looking at it straight on without having to hold it into position to do so.
The chiropractor doesn't want you to continue harming yourself with these unhealthy habits. If you experience pain because of them, you can head into The Joint Chiropractic for an assessment. However, you'll most likely be told the same thing as here. Stop putting your body through these actions and try some healthier habits instead for an improved spine and better well-being.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chandler, Ariz.