Sit or Stand: How to Protect Your Back

By Genevieve Cunningham

Excessive sitting is becoming a bit of an epidemic in our world. We sit so often that serious illnesses and conditions are being linked to the time we spend plopped on the couch. We sit at home, at work, in the car … we sit everywhere! But the truth is that whether you sit all day or stand all day, each can be hard on your back and health. Our bodies need a little variety in order to stay in the best shape. Unfortunately, we don’t always have control over our time. To keep your back in the best health possible, take a look at these tips for protecting it no matter what position you find yourself in all day.

If You Sit All Day

  • Make Moments to Move - Even if they are few and far between, make as many moments as you can to get up and move around.

  • Buy Additional Support - A headrest, low back pillow, and an ergonomic chair can make your sitting experience much more comfortable.

  • Make Up for Lost Time - Exercise is important whether you sit all day or not, but if you’re already suffering from lack of movement, it’s especially important to add in some additional exercise at the end of the day.

If You Stand All Day

  • Get the Rest You Need - Even if you can’t get off your feet for a while, leaning on a stool, using the wall for support, and resting your elbows briefly on a table can give your back a break.

  • Wear the Right Shoes - If you’re on your feet all day, you should really pay attention to your shoes. Skip the fashion and go for comfort and support. Look for comfortable soles and supportive arches, and skip the high heels and super low flats as much as possible.

  • Stretch First - Standing is demanding. If you’re in for a long shift of standing, give your body a little stretch. And when you’re feeling stiff, stretch again. This can keep your body keep more limber, which then helps with pain and discomfort.

Whether you sit, stand, or are lucky enough to change it up all day, one way to protect your back for good is by getting chiropractic care. Chiropractors focus on keeping your spine properly aligned. When this happens, it can eliminate pains, improve mobility, increase the function of various systems in the body, and bring about a whole host of other benefits. If you’d like to try this method, visit with chiropractors at The Joint. Here, you’ll be able to work with friendly and professional chiropractors who truly care about your health and well-being. You’ll also be able to take advantage of walk-in visits and an affordable pricing plan. Get the care you need so that your back is protected no matter what. Boost your health and watch out for your back with a quick trip to The Joint today.

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