Impacts of Sitting and Poor Posture.
Every day we sit, whether we are eating, working, relaxing and more. Here in the United States, we sit upwards of 5 hours per day resulting in over 10,000 preventable deaths per year. Physical inactivity has been associated with heart disease, cancer and shortened life expectancy. Now more than ever is the time to focus on our health.
Sedentary sitting can have a magnitude of other poor health effects including back pain and headaches often because of poor posture. Adapting and maintain proper posture is essential in our modern technological world. Many people can change their life simply by changing the way they sit.
You are probably aware of what bad posture is, head forward, rounded shoulders and back. Did you know you can also over correct your posture such as in a Military stance? To be in the correct posture we need to have appropriate muscle tension in conjunction with proper alignment. This is because any high levels of tension that are sustained over long periods of time can run the risk of developing strains in the muscle and affect nerve function. This may then increase the sedentary time with the potential to cascade into chronic health conditions.
Creating good habits now can be fairly simple to implement for most people and can become second nature. Good posture can not only improve spinal health but will have a variety of health benefits that can keep you moving and doing the things you love for years to come.
One of the most important aspects to do and yet probably the most overlooked or forgotten is to keep moving. This can be done in a variety of ways whether its stretching, use of a yoga ball or a sit-stand desk. Whichever way you decide to keep moving isn’t as important as it being sustainable. If you are the type of person that can take a 5-minute walk and stretch every 25 minutes, great. If not, then it may be beneficial to see a chiropractor about some alternate recommendations. Many healthcare devices such as a sit-stand desk can be tax deductible with a referral letter from a chiropractor and may companies will more than likely splurge on their employees when they learn how it can improve productivity in the workplace.
Keep your screen at eye level while your feet are comfortably flat on the floor. People may benefit from lumbar support, no need to be fancy, a small couch pillow will do the trick if you are away from your workstation. Make sure you have proper alignment, don’t slouch or have any kinks or twists in the body and are relaxed. This position needs to be sustained, if you are not comfortable then being consistent can be difficult. Remember, take breaks!
If you are experiencing back pain or headaches and feel it is a result of poor posture, you should consider chiropractic care at Empower Health Chiropractic in Lakewood. We have the most advanced form of spinal biomechanical treatments in the industry. Our doctors specialize in posture and treating back pain while optimizing overall health.
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