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Dealing With Today's Aches and Pains

By Stephen R. Farris

Lifestyles have changed a lot for the last couple of generations. It's also changed for today's older generation as well. 

The trend could have started about two to three decades ago with advancements of automation in the workplace, and more and more employees shifting from being on their feet all day to sitting for the majority of it. In the 21st century, sitting at a desk and staring at a computer screen has become more commonplace.

We've literally stopped practicing some of the things our parents and grandparents did in order to maintain a more normal body weight, core, and good posture. Workers today are faced with many ailments than ever before, such as:

  • Increased back pain cases
  • More neck pain, particularly the new term "tech neck"
  • Increase in headaches and migraines
  • Increase in leg pain and/or sciatica
  • Knee, ankle and foot pain
  • Shoulder, arm, elbow and wrist pain (more cases of carpal tunnel syndrome.)
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia

Many of these health problems were relatively unheard of a few decades back, but due to the way we work and our lifestyle choices, they're more common. 

To avoid many of these there has to be some type of lifestyle change that needs to be made. You really don't have to do anything drastic -- at least not yet -- to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Just a few simple adjustments can help put you on target, especially if you sit at a desk throughout the day.

  • Use back support when sitting for long periods
  • Ensure that your hips and knees are at the correct angle (use a footrest if needed)
  • Stand up straight, head up, chest out, shoulders straight and feet straight

If you have questions about starting the road to a healthier lifestyle, visit with your local chiropractor, such as the ones that can be found at The Joint Chiropractic. He/she can answer  any questions or concerns you may have when it comes to your overall health, exercise and nutrition, as well as help give you relief when you're feeling pain in your back, neck and joints. 

The Joint Chiropractic has more than 500 nationwide locations, so there's bound to be one located near you. No appointment is necessary, walk-ins are always welcome, and you don't have to worry about copays as they offer several payment options that will fit your budget nicely.

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

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