Chiropractic Tips to Avoid Back Pain at Work
By Sara Butler
If you have a job that requires a lot of sitting each day, then chances are you're no stranger to lower back pain. Back pain doesn't have to be a part of your workday. There are a few simple things you can do to prevent back pain while you're working the day away. Here are a few tips from the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic that can help.
Start with Your Feet
Supportive shoes can do wonders for your back. Shoes that help to cushion and properly support your legs and back, even when working, can make a huge difference in how you feel at the end of the day. Even if you have a uniform for work, or you dress up for business, it's important to invest in shoes that help keep your body in balance. High heeled shoes are not going to do that, nor shoes that have zero support, such as ballet flats. If you need to wear fancy shoes to work that don't offer a lot of support, then bring a spare pair of more supportive shoes to wear when you don't need to be seen in the fancy stuff.
Support Your Lumbar
The lower part of your back, called the lumbar spine, can take a lot of punishment each day doing nothing more than sitting in a chair if it's not properly supported. That's why it's worth it to invest in a chair that offers good lumbar support or to improvise with a small lumbar pillow in order to offer the support it needs throughout the day.
You may be required to work in one place for most of the day, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't make time to get up and move around. Set an alarm on your phone or on your computer to get up from what you're doing for a short break at least once per hour. You don't have to do an entire exercise routine, but simply getting up and walking to the restroom or the water fountain frequently can make a difference in how your back feels at the end of the day. Throwing in a few stretches won't hurt either!
When you work in one position for most of the day, it can be damaging to your back. If you need more guidance about how to avoid back pain at work, 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 Aurora, Colo.