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Chiropractic Tip - Strengthen the Back to Power Ahead

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us lift, tote, and carry all sorts of things every day. We may also slump on the couch at night and hunch over a keyboard for hours every day. Put all of this together, and as they say in my favorite Diane Keaton/Jack Nicholson movie, Something’s Gotta Give.

Before something does give, and your back complains nonstop, there are some ways to survive, and even thrive.

See Your Chiropractor

Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to learn how to keep your back strong and your body healthy. The Joint’s licensed chiropractors help people of all ages find the best answers for health, wellness and fitness.

When you stop by, your chiropractor will discuss daily routines, back pain or other issues, and health history. A spinal adjustment may relieve pain and create a sense of wellness. When the spine works well, so does the body.

Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may be the way to go forward as you upgrade the body’s postural muscles and improve overall posture to keep your back strong.

Upgrade Postural Muscles

One of the best defenses for the back can be a good offense that strengthens postural muscles, which include the back, as well as abs, pelvis, hips and gluteal muscles (glutes).

Strengthening back muscles makes good posture simpler, lowers the risk for back pain, and makes everyday tasks easier. Here’s a good starter exercise from Parents.com to try with your doctor’s approval.

Hip Bridge – Lie flat on your back with knees bent, feet flat, arms by sides. Lift hips off of the floor squeezing glutes as you form a straight line from shoulders to knees. Hold three seconds. Start with a few reps and build to a dozen. To make it more difficult lift one leg while in bridge position.

Follow Through with Good Posture at Home

Think about your posture as you bend over laptop and phone screens, or slouch on the couch to watch a movie or play video games. To fix your posture sit up straight and prop all screens up to avoid a digital hunch.

And Then Take it to Work

Have someone take a picture of you in your workspace. Checkpoints: Sit up straight in a chair with good back support with feet flat on the floor. The monitor should be at eye level, and your head should be centered over your spine with no forward head motion.

When you are ready to get started, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. No insurance is needed with affordable personal healthcare plans. No appointments are needed. Walk-in visits are welcome and weekend and evening hours are available.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

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