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Standing All Day? Chiropractic Tips to Help

By Sara Butler

For many Americans, a workday can include little opportunity to sit down and rest. Many people have jobs that require them to be on their feet all day long. It’s true that there are risks associated with more sedentary jobs that require hours of sitting each day, but there are also risks associated with jobs that require being on your feet for hours on end. The chiropractors at The Joint have a few tips to help those with jobs that require a lot of standing – tips that can mean the difference between a healthy spine and a painful one!

Your Body

Your body isn’t designed to be in just one position all day long. That’s the problem with jobs that require sitting or standing all day. Your body was made to move around. If you have a job that requires too much time on your feet, then you need to employ strategies to help you fight back against the back pain that can result.

Shift Your Weight Around

Evenly distributing your body weight can help to reduce the strain placed on your lower back. You should try to lean backward and forward throughout the day, shifting balance periodically from the balls of your feet to your heels. You can also try to alternate between bending up your left knee and your right knee while standing. This helps to distribute the weight on one side, further reducing pressure on your lower back. Work these moves into your day.

Perfect Piriformis Stretching

One of the biggest contributors to back pain is tight muscles, especially tight muscles in your glutes and hips. After standing for long periods of time, your piriformis muscles can become tense or even spasm, causing lower back pain. If you allow this to continue without addressing it, then the sciatic nerve can become inflamed and the pain can travel down your leg all the way to your toes.

To stretch the piriformis muscle, lay on the floor with your feet flat on the floor and your knees raised. Then, bring one foot up and place your ankle against the opposite knee, grasping behind your knee as you slowly bring it toward your chest. You should feel a stretch in the glutes of the leg you have crossed over at the ankle. Hold for about 30 seconds, then repeat on the opposite side.

If you have a job that requires a lot of standing each day, then discuss how you can avoid lower back pain with the chiropractors at The Joint.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Las Vegas, Nev.

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