What to Do When 9 to 5 Feels Like Forever
By Sandy Schroeder
If your body complains every night, your job may be creating painful issues for your back and legs. When we sit or stand for long periods of time, the body pays a price for our efforts.
If you collapse on the couch with an aching back every night, it's time to get relief. Your chiropractor can help you identify the trouble spots, find relief, and prevent future occurrences with good work space and activity suggestions.
How to Get Relief
The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you is well equipped to help. When you come in, your chiropractor will want to know where it hurts and what your work schedule looks like. Sitting or standing for long periods at work can create back pain from restricted joints, which can result in incorrect joint movements and reduced nerve connections. Restoring spinal health may begin with a gentle targeted adjustment that relieves pain and creates an overall sense of well-being.
Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may be the way to keep your back happy. At the same time, you and your chiropractor can review your work space and posture.
Review Your Work Space
Make sure you have an adjustable chair that provides good support for your lower back and shoulders. Sit with your hips and knees at a right angle. Keep your feet flat on the floor. Keep the monitor at eye level.
Do a Posture Check
Have someone take a picture of you at work. You may be surprised to see hunched shoulders, a bent neck and a forward head position. Your chiropractor can recommend some good posture exercises that help you stand up straight with chest forward and hips tucked in, weight evenly distributed on both feet. When you sit, keep your head centered over your spine, looking straight ahead.
You may have to sit at work, but you can get up and move around for a few minutes every hour. Do some stretches or take a short walk. You can also consider an adjustable workstation that allows you to stand or sit. At the same time, make the effort to try walking meetings and discussions and stand up when you are on the phone.
After work, avoid collapsing on the couch. Consider moving an exercise mat or treadmill into the family room, or signing up for an evening yoga session. Other options might be heading to the park with your kids or walking the dog.
When you are ready to get relief, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to get started. Affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassle of insurance. Clinics are open evenings and weekends and walk-in visits are welcome.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Atlanta, Ga.