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Sitting Too Long Is Not Good on Posture or Health

By Stephen R. Farris

Having good posture is essential for our overall health, especially for joints and muscles. Unfortunately, most of us don't practice good posture like we should. That could be from the result of sitting behind a desk during our workday, or driving long distances and slouching a bit in our seat, or it could be from standing all day. 

Whatever the reason may be, it's probably time to get your posture in check before health problems develop in your joints and muscles, mainly those in your back and neck, but pain aches and pains could crop up elsewhere.

Take Breaks and Move Around

Sitting for prolonged periods of time is simply not a good thing. If you work in an office or travel across state or out of state, then you know what I mean. For those of you working in an office, try taking short breaks to get on your feet for a few minutes each hour. Walk around the office or down the hall and back. Those of you who drive for lengthy periods of time, pull over after completing so many miles (or every couple of hours) and stretch your legs for a few minutes.

Talk Standing Up Instead of Sitting Down

While it may be hard to do in a vehicle, you can always do this in an office. You don't always have to sit leaning over your desk to take calls. Make sure when you do stand while talking on the phone that you're standing straight. Head back, chest out, etc., you know the drill.


One more thing for you desk jockeys -- make sure your computer monitor is at eye level so you are not looking down or up at it. This could cause neck pain if done on a regular basis.

If you have questions concerning your posture and how to correct it, talk with a local chiropractor, such as the ones found at The Joint Chiropractic. They can offer tips and suggestions that may help you and available literature to give you guidance to exercises you can do at home. And if you are feeling pain in your back, joints and neck, they can help give you relief with chiropractic treatments. The Joint Chiropractic has over 500 nationwide locations and no appointment is necessary to see one of their on-staff chiropractors.

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

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