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Are You Sitting Too Much and Stretching Too Little?

By Sandy Schroeder

Many of us are working at cross purposes with our bodies every day as we sit in front of a computer, in our cars, and at home. Shaking up our daily routines could be the smartest move we could make.

If you sit more than four hours a day, over time your body can lose range of motion. Key muscles, like the hip flexors and hamstrings can tighten. When you stand, your joints may not move as freely as they normally would. Walking and balance can be compromised, and then weight gain can add to the problem.

See Your Chiropractor

Before that happens, find out how your chiropractor, and a daily stretching routine, can help. Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your area to get started.

Talk with your chiropractor about the amount of sitting that you do, any pain that you are having, and your health history. Your chiropractor will explain how your spinal health can make a difference in your mobility.

A spinal adjustment may be used to evaluate the health of your spine, and seek pain relief. This adjustment is a gentle application of a targeted movement to improve motion of the body’s spinal column and extremities. It may relieve pain, and provide more mental clarity, better sleep, and more energy.

Finding New Answers

As you assess your results, you can work with your chiropractor to create new routines. You may want to use weekly 15-minute adjustments as a starting point.  You may also want to add stretching to your day to counteract the effects of sitting.

Before you add new exercises, get your doctor’s approval and then work them into your day. The goal is to encourage muscles to ease up and lengthen, holding each stretch for 30 seconds.

Here’s a starter stretch from Harvard Health: Start in a kneeling pose. Move your left foot forward so your left foot and your right knee are on the floor. Use your hands to balance yourself and reach up to the ceiling. Then lean forward to feel a stretch in the right hip. Hold and breathe. Release and repeat on the other side.

The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your area may be the resource you need now. No appointments or insurance referrals are needed. Private affordable care packages eliminate the need for insurance. Walk-in visits are welcome and evening and weekend hours are available.

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

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