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Why You Should Straighten Up!

By Sara Butler

How many times in your life have you been told to sit up straight? It's probably right up there with the amount of time you've been told to eat your vegetables because they're good for you. Well, get ready to hear why you should sit up straight again -- this time by the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. So many people today sit at a desk job all day, hunching forward to see the computer screen better. No matter where you are, sitting slouched over isn't good for you. In fact, if you want to be healthy, then you need to learn how to practice good posture no matter where you are. Here's what you need to know and how you can do better!

Take a Look

Think about how you're sitting right now at this very moment. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are your back and shoulders sitting tight up against the back of your chair?
  • Are both your feet flat on the floor?
  • Are your knees bent at a 90-degree angle?
  • Are the natural curves of your spine properly supported?
  • Is your body weight evenly distributed over both hips?
  • Are your knees slightly higher or at the same level as your hips?
  • Are your shoulders relaxed and not in a forward, hunched position?

If you answered no to even one of these questions, then you're putting undue strain and stress on your spine. Eventually, this will lead to joint dysfunctions and restrictions that can cause a whole lot more problems down the line unless you address them with the help of the chiropractors at The Joint.

What You Can Do

First and foremost, regular visits to the chiropractor can help to address any joint restrictions or dysfunctions that are keeping your body from working optimally. Once that's done, then work to improve your sitting situation during the day. You should not sit for more than one hour without a break to get up, move around, and stretch. Set an alarm on your phone or your computer to help you remember.

You should also make sure to have a supportive chair that makes it easy to follow good posture guidelines. It should fit the curve of your lower spine to offer support, have arm rests to take the pressure off your neck and shoulders, and be adjustable to ensure you sit with your knees at the right angle.

If you need help understanding how to improve your posture at work and play, 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 Marietta, Ga.

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