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Pain Relief: Tips from a Chiropractor

By Virginia Laird

When plagued with back and neck pain, it seems as though nothing will help. You might try to find some sort of temporary relief but chiropractors say unless you are willing to make a few small changes to your daily habits, the pain will not be abolished permanently.

Need help getting rid of back and neck pain? You can stop the search. Here are 3 tips directly from a chiropractor who can help alleviate pain in the back and neck.

Don’t Cross Your Legs

This might be a difficult change for many of you. Uncross your legs. Sitting cross-legged puts stress on your lower back. If you are one who sits much of the day, you could be putting unnecessary strain on your body. Try sitting with your feet flat on the ground. If you are short, like myself, you might need to add a box or book so your feet can sit flat on the ground. Fight the urge. Post a note to remind yourself about this change in your sitting habit.

Put Your Car Headrest to Use

After a long day of sitting at a desk and staring at a computer screen or being on your feet all day, your neck and back are tired and tense. The simple action of leaning your head back on your headrest will allow your neck to relax. This helps to release some of the tension build-up. You might also find that you are able to clear your head using this tip. Wouldn’t it be nice to go home with a clear head and not having to take the issues of work home?!

Put Your Phone Down

A few years ago your phone did not play a huge part in your day. You weren't checking Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter multiple times a day. You weren’t playing games just to pass time on your phone. It is a little hard to remember what you did do before your phone was glued to the palm of your hand. One thing is certain, the increased use of your phone puts unneeded stress on your neck. Although you do not notice it, when you take a look at your phone you tend to reach your head forward. This creates stress on your neck. In this position, your head is no longer supported by your shoulders. Your neck alone is holding the 12-15 pounds your head weighs. This can cause serious pain and even movement in the neck.

To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.

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