Smart Ways to Stand Up to Life Wherever You Are
By Sandy Schroeder
As we rush through deadlines or daily tasks, or slide in and out of meetings, how we sit and stand becomes automatic. It is what it is, because we usually have a lot of other things on our minds. So we might just grab the nearest seat and get on with the day. That attitude works, but eventually catches up with us, as sore backs and stiff necks quickly make us cranky.
Then your local chiropractor, The Joint Chiropractic, can help you sort out the situation, providing a wellness center with practical solutions and ongoing assistance.
In this case, it may be the need to learn how to sit and stand correctly, using good posture.
The Joint chiropractors see all sorts of patients with a variety of bad habits at work and at home. Take a moment to look at how you sit, and the way that you stand, during the day. Are you giving your body a break, or constantly placing unnecessary strain on your spine and your joints?
The American Chiropractic Association asks you to compare your habits:
Is this the way you sit?
- Your feet are flat on the floor or on a footrest.
- You keep your ankles in front of your knees and do not cross your legs.
- There is a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.
- Your knees are below the level of your hips.
- Your chair’s backrest supports your low and mid-back, or you use a back support.
- Your shoulders are relaxed and your forearms are parallel to the ground.
- You break up long sitting positions with other tasks to give your spine a rest.
Is this the way you stand?
- You keep your weight on the balls of your feet.
- Your knees are slightly bent.
- Your feet are shoulder-width apart.
- You stand up straight and with your shoulders back and your stomach tucked in.
As you learn to sit and stand correctly to give your spine a break, you may also find The Joint is a great place to solve all sorts of other health and wellness issues.
Your first visit may evolve into weekly 15-minute chiropractic sessions that keep you in a productive new health zone. Along with posture, you may work on losing a few pounds, learning some new stress-release techniques, or rethinking your daily schedule. Whatever needs fixing, this is a great way to do it.
I have known a variety of friends and co-workers who have made chiropractors their wellness base, ready to provide whatever backup they needed. Many of them used this approach to navigate through their careers, staying on track and focused. Now they are happily planning retirements filled with travel plans and adventures with their grandchildren.
The Joint Chiropractic
If you need some help with posture, or other health and wellness issues, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your community and find out how simple it can be. Private, affordable health care plans eliminate the need for insurance. Extended weekend and evening hours make visits convenient. No appointments are needed.