Keeping Your Back and Spine Strong at Home
By Stepy Kamei
Now that we're all spending a significant amount of time at home, new priorities are abruptly taking front and center. Many of us simply aren't used to working from a home environment. This means that we more than likely don't have a home workplace properly set up in a way that ergonomically protects the health of our back and spine. This can very quickly lead to aches, pains, headaches, and other physical health issues manifesting themselves. Be sure to take the following tips to heart on how to keep your spine and back muscles strong and healthy while you spend your time working and living at home.
Set Up a Healthy Work Station
Since you'll be spending hours at your new work station, like you would at your office, you'll want to make sure that your new setup supports your back and your body without causing any strains.
Be sure to make sure your laptop and/or phone screens are at eye-level so you aren't straining your neck up or down for long stretches of time to see the screens. If you have a keyboard and a mouse, definitely take advantage of them (as opposed to relying on a laptop), and make sure they're placed in a way that doesn't tire out your wrists.
If you have a standing desk, be sure to utilize it. However, you'll want to make sure you have a supportive and comfortable chair in your office setup as well. Be sure to use a chair that fully supports your back, has a cushion for your seat, and isn't too high up (your feet should be able to be planted firmly on the floor).
Staying Flexible Throughout the Day
Just like at the office, you'll want to make sure you're taking frequent breaks to avoid stiff muscles and joints. Use a post-it note or set an alarm to remind yourself to get up and do a quick stretch at least once an hour to keep the blood circulating throughout your body. Not only will this prevent inflammation and stiffness, but it can serve as a natural way to boost your energy as well! Also be sure to take a sip of water during these breaks as well. Dehydration can lead to all kinds of health problems, from digestive issues to headaches to a decreased mood.
Chiropractic Is Here to Support You
Even during these uncertain times, chiropractic care is a healthcare method you can rely on. The Joint offices are still open around the country, providing you with a safe and natural form of holistic healing. Come on in for a chiropractic adjustment today in order to see for yourself what a spinal adjustment can do for your health and wellness!
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.