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What Chiropractors Wish You Would Stop Doing

By Lana Bandoim

Chiropractors want their patients to stay healthy, so they cannot ignore the common mistakes that they see in their offices all the time. Chiropractic care involves the entire body, and it is important to understand how your lifestyle affects it. Pay attention to these tips from chiropractors and make the necessary changes to improve health.  

Texting and Looking Down at the Phone

Although sending a couple of texts per day is normal, spending hours looking down at the phone can be a problem. Chiropractors see many patients who complain about pain in their thumbs, hands and neck. Looking down at the phone can create neck strains and stress. Craning the neck is not recommended, but this is hard to avoid while using the phone. Try to raise the phone higher so you do not have to look down. Consider using hands-free devices and taking breaks from the phone during the day.

Sitting for Hours

Whether you sit for hours at home or at work, this can be dangerous for the spine and joints. Chiropractors see many patients who complain about aches and pain after sitting for long periods of time. Try to take breaks, stretch and move during the day to limit sitting. Make sure you use an ergonomic chair and desk at work to limit pain and aches. Consider working out during lunch instead of gossiping with coworkers or complaining about meetings.

Carrying Heavy Bags

A heavy bag can put stress and pressure on the joints. However, many people fill their bags with junk and never clean them out. Create a weekly routine that requires cleaning out all the bags and reducing their weight. Get rid of old receipts, partially eaten snacks and large amounts of coins. Alternate how you carry a shoulder bag and do not use the same arm to hold it all the time.

Backpacks can become a source of pain and aches. Make sure they have strong, adjustable and comfortable straps. Choose lightweight backpacks that are easy to carry and open. Avoid stuffing them with a large amount of items and pay attention to how you wear them.

The professionals at The Joint Chiropractic are ready to answer questions and provide recommendations about lifestyle changes to improve health. The Joint is open on weekends and evenings, so you can visit when it is convenient. In addition, there is no need to worry about insurance because it is not required at The Joint.

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

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