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Slouching and Your Spine

By Randi Morse

When I was in high school we had typing class. In that class we were required to sit up straight with our feet touching flat on the floor, our backs completely straight, and our chin parallel to the floor. Anyone who looked down at their keyboard was subjected to a strange blinder-type device which blocked your ability to look down. At the time I thought our teacher was trying to torture us. Now I know that she was just trying to help us.

Sedentary Slouching

There are so many people today who work sedentary jobs. These jobs are often in an office and require that we sit for most of the day. After a long day of work, what do we do? We go home and sit some more. While sitting down itself is not a problem, sitting incorrectly can be a huge problem and can be responsible for a number of health problems, many that are connected to your spine.

Undue Spine Stress

If you are sitting down right now, are your feet flat on the floor? Do you have your back and shoulders against the back of your chair? Are your shoulders relaxed or are they hunched forward? Are your knees level with your hips? Let's face the facts: most of us don't sit correctly. We sit forward in our chair, cross our legs, hunch over a computer and generally just sit in a way that we find comfortable. While it may feel comfortable, it's putting undue stress and pressure on the spine. 

When you put too much stress on your spine you are increasing the possibility of getting a joint restriction. Joint restrictions can be painful and can cause issues with your central nervous system. It's why your typing teacher, like mine, was trying to make sure that you sit correctly.

The good news is that you can relieve some of the spinal pressure you're inflicting on your body. Chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help gently adjust your spine to undo any joint restrictions, or other issues, that your poor posture may have caused. At The Joint Chiropractic you'll find open office hours, making it easy to fit a visit into your busy schedule, and affordable rates. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can also help you figure out how to sit comfortably in a way that is better for your spinal health as well.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Carlsbad, Calif.

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