Stop Your Slump Now!
By Sara Butler
How you’re sitting right now might be damaging your spine. Seriously, take an inventory: What position are you sitting in at this very moment? Are your shoulders rounded? Are you leaning forward with your head, looking at the screen in your hand or at the desk in front of you? If you answered yes, then you may just be doing some damage to your spine that you’re unaware of! Here’s how you can navigate the perils of slumping in a technology-driven world!
At Your Desk
If you spend any amount of time at a desk during the day, working on your computer, then you know all too well how easy it can be to fail at sitting correctly and giving into the slump. But things don’t really improve for most people even after they leave work. When you get home and try to unwind from your day on your smartphone, in front of your laptop or on your tablet you’re probably hunched over then, too. In fact, you may hunch through your whole day until your head hits the pillow at night!
The result of all that hunching is a real danger of damaging your spine, which results in pain in your back and neck. And that danger isn’t just for adults, but for kids, too. After all, they also use electronic devices for several hours a day.
What You Can Do
You have to take action! Seeing your chiropractor regularly for adjustments is one part of a much bigger picture because you have to do things outside of the chiropractor’s office to ensure your spine health. In order to combat stiffness in the spine that comes with sitting incorrectly for too long, you should get up and get moving! At least once an hour, if not twice, you should get up and move around. Get out of the posture you’ve been sitting in and stretch your body out for just a few minutes. This can help reduce muscle strain and get you out of unhealthy postures.
You can also try a few stretches that can be done anywhere to help alleviate or help avoid back and neck issues caused by too much hunching. Your chiropractor is happy to show you simple stretches that can help support a healthy spine that will hopefully be free from pain. Just don’t wait until you’re actually in pain to do something about it – see your chiropractor today!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.