In a Slump or a Digital Slouch? Chiropractic Can Help
By Sandy Schroeder
As summer begins to fade, we often feel the effects. If you are in a summer slump or feeling the results of a digital slouch with pain in your neck or back, your chiropractor can help.
Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to get started. You can discuss summer slumps and any neck, back or other joint pain as you learn more about digital slouches.
How Slouches Happen
In an age of nonstop use of phones, laptops and computers, many of us develop a digital hunch that can cause back, neck and shoulder pain.
If you work on a computer for long hours every day, or hunch over a phone or laptop throughout the day, you are inviting muscle weakness and strain that can generate spasms and pain in the neck, shoulders and back.
Your chiropractor will assess the health of your spine and correct any joint restrictions with a gentle targeted spinal adjustment that may provide far-reaching pain relief and an overall sense of well-being.
You may want to use weekly 15-minute adjustments to keep the benefits coming while also picking up some healthy maintenance tips.
Your chiropractor can coach you on your posture and help you function more effectively in your workplace. Make sure your chair provides good back and shoulder support, and your feet are flat on the floor. Knees should be slightly higher than hips, and there should be a three finger space between the back of your knee and the chair. Your monitor should be at eye level. Five-minute rests and stretching breaks should be taken every hour.
More Ways to Shape Up
Avoid neck or back pain with these steps.
- Check your TV location – You may need to move your TV closer to avoid hunching forward. Allow 5 to 6 feet viewing distance for 40 to 47-inch TVs, and 6 to 8 feet for 50-inch TVs.
- Do a vision check – If you are straining to see things, you may be developing a damaging forward head posture. The head weighs about 10 pounds, which can place a load on the neck and back.
- Stretch and strengthen – Your chiropractor can help you create a home-based stretch and strengthen routine that tones the body and reinforces good posture.
- Reinforce range of motion – You may want to try tai chi or yoga classes to learn more posture and balance moves.
To give your slump or slouch the slip, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Find out more about the affordable healthcare plans that require no insurance, and the flexible weekend and evening hours. No appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Atlanta, Ga.