Are You Sitting on a Problem? Chiropractic Can Help
By Sandy Schroeder
You may be all too aware of the sitting issue. Some say sitting ranks right up there with smoking, but how do you avoid it when you sit while you work, drive, or fly? Then you come home and sit to watch sports, play video games, or cruise websites.
I have been sitting for years, working on a keyboard, reading on my patio, watching mysteries or sports in the evening, and driving everywhere. Researchers say many of us sit as much as 90 percent of our day, raising the risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome and deep vein thrombosis.
Hours of sitting can cause the hip flexors and hamstrings to tighten, inviting back pain, balance problems, stiff knees and pain when you walk. If this rings several bells with you, it may be time to get some help.
How Chiropractic Can Help
The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you is well equipped to help. Licensed chiropractors help individuals evaluate sitting issues and take steps to deal with the problem on a regular basis.
When you come in, your chiropractor will ask if you have pain and review your daily routine and health history. Focusing on spinal health, a gentle targeted spinal adjustment may ease any pain that you have, and create an improved sense of wellness with more energy, better sleep and a sharper mental awareness. The spine keeps us moving through the day and the central nervous system housed inside controls our brain-to-body communication. When the spine is healthy, we may be too.
The next step might be weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments to keep you moving smoothly and focused on the issue.
At the same time you can try these tips from Harvard Health.
- Stand up whenever you are on the phone
- Take a five-minute timeout for each hour you sit to move, stretch or walk
- Try an adjustable work station to stand or sit while you work
- Readjust your work schedule to include walking conferences, and morning and afternoon physical activity breaks
- Use a stability ball as a seat for TV
- Add a stationary bike or treadmill, yoga mat and small weights to your family room
- Keep the weekends active with biking, hiking or running
Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find out more about affordable personal healthcare plans that eliminate the hassle of insurance. No appointments are needed and weekend and evening hours are available. When trips come up, The Joint Chiropractic offers more than 450 clinics nationwide to support your travels.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.