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Spinal Health at the Office

By Sara Butler

You know by now that living a sedentary lifestyle isn't healthy. There are many jobs out there that involve activity, but there are just as many jobs out that that have you sitting in a chair for hours at a time. If you work in an office, then you have to find other ways to be active and to care for your spinal health so you don't end up suffering from serious health conditions. Here's what the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want you to know about the connection between a sedentary lifestyle and the health of your spine, and to learn a few tips to help you keep your spine healthy at work.

Stretching

Taking time out of your day to go through a series of stretches is crucial to keeping your back healthy in and out of the office. Simply taking 15 minutes out of your day each morning to go through a stretching routine can make a big difference when it comes to your flexibility and range of motion. It will also help to strengthen your spine, which is important since the muscles can become weak from sitting in a chair all day.

You can also take breaks throughout the day to do some easy stretches paired with deep breathing. It has the added impact of helping to relieve stress you may feel throughout the day at work. Plus, it's always a good idea for the health of your spine that you get up at least once per hour from your desk to move around and take a break.

Exercise

All the benefits to your overall health, as well as your spinal health, from exercise cannot be overstated! When you spend the day sitting in an office, you probably don't take that many steps throughout your day -- even with frequent breaks. Then, when you get home, you hit your recliner and veg out in front of the television until it's time to go to bed. If you can make time to exercise, even for just 10 minutes each day, then you can improve your health and wellness. You can also work more steps into your day by doing simple things such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going for a walk at lunchtime. It helps to improve your coordination and balance and helps to strengthen the muscles that support your spine.

If you have questions about how to keep your spine healthy at the office, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today!

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

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