Keeping A Healthy Spine at School or Work
By Sara Butler
In the summer, it’s easy to stay active with various outdoor activities and weekend trips to enjoy the sunshine. School is right around the corner, making fall a busy season for everyone in the family. Between work and school commitments, it can be difficult to stay as active as needed to ensure the health of the spine. But if you can find a balance between obligations at school and work, then you can strike the right balance for you spinal health and reduce injury or musculoskeletal conditions. Here’s what you need to know to stay healthy!
Sitting at a desk – any desk – means you have to try to sit ergonomically. It doesn’t matter if it’s at work or school, you must have the things you work with adjusted in a way that is comfortable for your body and supports health. Make sure your chair is at the right height, the keyboard is easy to reach and comfortable to use, the computer monitor is at eye level, and that you keep your body as relaxed as possible. Sit up straight with your chin tucked and turn your whole body to speak to others, not just your head.
Carry Light to Carry Right
Carrying a backpack or a briefcase can cause back problems if it’s not done right. Make sure to be mindful of the weight of the bag and ensure that it’s distributed evenly. Don’t carry a bag on just one shoulder if it can be avoided since that throws off your body’s balance and can lead to joint dysfunction and restriction. If your bag is made to only be slung on one shoulder, switch sides frequently while carrying it. For your kids, remember that a properly fitted backpack can help prevent any additional stress and strain on their little bodies. If you need help understanding how a backpack should fit, talk to the chiropractors at The Joint!
One of the best things you can do for your body is to take frequent breaks throughout the day. At least once an hour, get up and walk around just a bit. This helps to relieve the strain and stress placed on the body during long periods of sitting. Try to incorporate a few stretches into your day, too. Many can be done when sitting so you don’t even have to get up from your chair. Discuss some stretches you can work into your day with the chiropractor the next time you come into The Joint.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, S.C.