A Chiropractor's Guide to Sitting and Standing
By Brandi Swieter
Most people sit for long periods of time, or stand for hours on end, without much thought about it. Various jobs require these extended stays in one position and people often feel as if they have no way to prevent the inevitable. Though a job may require workers to remain seated or standing in the same position for hours, there are plenty of chiropractic recommendations to maintain posture and prevent pain while doing so. Following a chiropractor’s guide for sitting and standing will help make it easier.
Wear Compression Stockings
No matter if a person has to stand or sit for long timeframes, compression stockings can help a great deal. They allow for better blood circulation that will keep the legs from feeling numb and blood from pooling in the lower legs and feet.
Stretch in Place
Whether sitting at a desk or standing in one spot, it’s possible to stretch in place and get some blood flow to the lower extremities. While sitting, a person can simply extend one leg out and up and hold it in place for a few seconds before switching to the opposite leg. It’s also possible to get up for a few seconds and hold onto the desk or nearby counter space to balance while performing a quad stretch. Some simple calf raises will also do to get the blood flowing.
While standing, the same calf raises work well. Shifting back and forth from one foot to the other may also help. Walk around a little if possible as well, or even just step in place to displace some of the weight for even a few seconds. Any sort of stretches will help to take off some of the pressure and get oxygen and blood flow to the muscle groups in the lower half of the body.
Wear the Right Footwear
Standing in high heels or flat shoes will do no good for the body. The right footwear will go a long way in making standing for extended time periods easier. A pair of comfortable shoes with insoles give adequate cushioning to keep the feet and legs nearly pain-free.
Those who follow their chiropractor’s guide to sitting and standing should no longer experience such pain and problems after a long day. Anyone who does still struggle, however, should visit The Joint Chiropractic for a personalized visit that will help pinpoint the root pain sight and alleviate symptoms. Some joint restrictions may need to be eliminated to get the body in the right condition.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salem, N.H.