Are You On Your Feet All Day?
By Virginia Laird
Do you find yourself standing on your feet for hours on end? This can be detrimental for your back. Although sitting at a desk for long periods of time can be harmful as well. Finding a happy compromise is best but can be difficult when the job demands otherwise. Chiropractors will advise that no more than two hours of standing without a break is recommended to protect your back. Due to the fact that the spine plays a vital part in keeping you healthy, it is important to take care of it. Three suggested tips to help protect your spine include:
- Take breaks often
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Stretch out regularly
Take Breaks Often
Not only is it proven that taking breaks mentally and physically from work can help increase production, but it also can help protect the back. A break every couple of hours can do the body good. Get off your feet. Consider propping them up (if the break room allows). Chiropractors suggest when the need arises to be on your feet for long periods of time to make it priority to protect your spine. Set a timer to help remember when the breaks should occur.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Just as important as taking breaks frequently is what is worn on your feet. Wearing comfortable shoes can provide a little extra support. Shoes that are comfortable but provide little to no support to the structure of the foot might not be the choice to make. When selecting a shoe, make sure it's comfortable and consider the arch of your foot. When standing for a long time, having proper foot support is paramount. Your chiropractor will agree if the foot is not properly supported, your back can suffer.
Stretching can help the body release tension and stress. It is ideal to include easy stretches regularly (especially if you are having to be on your feet all day). Don’t think for a minute that I am suggesting a full-out stretching (you need a yoga mat) type of session at work. Simple back stretches can be done while sitting and on breaks. These can help relax your body and refresh your mind. For suggestions and advice on which stretches to employ, visit your chiropractor.
With more than 370 The Joint Chiropractic locations nationwide, you are certain to find one near you. There are no appointments necessary. This makes your care available as you need it.
To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.