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When You Sit a Lot, Joint Pain Can Take Control

By Sandy Schroeder

If you sit all day at work or at home, and sit some more in the evening, your hip flexors and hamstrings can tighten to weaken your balance and affect the way you walk. They can also make pain an issue and tempt you to slow way down.

Harvard Health says the right exercises can help fight stiffness and encourage flexibility in knees, ankles, hips and shoulders. The more you move the better you may feel.

How Chiropractic Helps

At the same time, chiropractic can provide the overall support needed with a wellness center staffed with doctors of chiropractic who help people of all ages find the solutions for pain and health and wellness.

When you come in, you will learn how spinal health is central to everything that you do. The spine lets you move through your day and the central nervous system housed inside provides all of the necessary brain-to-body communication.

Gentle targeted spinal adjustments may provide far-reaching pain relief, along with an assortment of healthy benefits such as better sleep, more energy, clearer thinking, improved digestion or better metabolism.

As you assess your benefits, weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may turn into the perfect platform to ease pain and stay active. Your chiropractor will monitor your progress and help you avoid any glitches.

Harvard Health suggests some good ways to stay active.

Keep moving throughout your day - Always take the stairs, park in the back of the lot, and stand instead of sitting when you are on the phone or talking with co-workers. While you are on the phone, work in a few squats, lunges or heel lifts.

Insert exercise into everything - When you watch TV, do it from a treadmill or stationary bike. When you are doing weekend errands, bike or walk instead of driving. When you plan weekends, think in terms of hiking, biking or camping.

Keep moving on the job - Consider using an adjustable platform to sit or stand while you work on the computer. Line up some chair exercises and keep a yoga mat on hand to use after lunch or on breaks.

Make home tasks count - Toting laundry, trimming bushes, and vacuuming exercise the body too.  Keep the whole family busy washing the car, shampooing pets, raking leaves or cleaning out the garage.

Outsmart the seasons - Early darkness and cold weather call for indoor equipment, community classes, or walking in indoor malls or schools.

Line up a workout buddy - Enjoy walks and add motivation as you walk, bike or work out with friends.

When you are ready to upgrade your health, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. No appointments are needed and clinics are open evenings and weekends. Affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassle of insurance.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Charlotte, N.C.

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