How to Maintain a Healthy Spine and Body at the Office

What’s that phrase? Something about sitting being the Smoking of the 21 st Century? It doesn’t seem possible, but research backs it up.

A few decades ago, before email, paperless transactions, and paperless files, it was necessary to leave your desk periodically during the day. Trips around the office were made to make copies, grab a file, file a folder, and use the FAX machine. While these tiny trips may have seemed unimportant at the time, they did get people out of their chairs.

To help prevent serious health issues and maintain spinal health, there are a few things you can do.

One, make an appointment for regular chiropractic care to ensure your structure keeps its proper alignment.

Two, develop a routine you can do at your desk. Here are a few suggestions to try.

First, Breathe

We all breath, both consciously and unconsciously. But, that doesn’t mean we do it correctly. Breathing correctly gives our cells the correct amount of oxygen they need to work correctly. It also helps lower stress and tension throughout the body.

Try this exercise to retrain yourself to breathe the right way.

  • Sit up in a straight but gentle posture.
  • Keep your shoulders down and back.
  • Inhale through your nose, so the air goes all the way down and pushes your stomach outward.
  • Pause 2 seconds.
  • Exhale through your mouth.
  • Pause 2 seconds.
  • Repeat

Do this every 15 minutes for 30-seconds.

Next, Take Time to Stretch

It’s very easy when we’re busy or focused on a project to forget our posture. A good way to bring ourselves out of the poor posture habit is through stretching. Here are a few ways.

Upper Body

  • Begin by sitting up straight.
  • Bring your arms out to each side, keeping your shoulders back and down, palms facing up.
  • Stretch your arms backward as far as you can and hold 2 seconds or more.
  • Alternatively, stand inside an open doorframe stretching your arms out to touch either side. Move slightly forward to give your arms, shoulders and
  • upper back a stretch.

Lower Body

  • Begin seated with both feet flat on the floor.
  • Bring up your right ankle and place it on your left knee.
  • Gently move your right knee toward the floor, then lean forward as far as possible and let your hands fall toward the floor and dangle.
  • Reverse sides and repeat.

Do these stretches every 30 minutes, for 2-minutes.

Also, drink a lot of water. When our muscles tense up toxin build-up. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your body flushed out, especially after your stretching routine.

Finally, Walk Around

The easiest way to remember to walk is by taking full advantage of bathroom breaks. Remember that water you’e supposed to be drinking? Besides all its other health benefits, it will also make sure you have to “get up and go” regularly.

But, don’t stop there. Consider taking the stairs to the restroom on a different floor. Or, take a circuitous route instead of a direct one, just make sure you don’t get distracted along the way.

Have an hour lunch? Use 30 minutes to walk across the street and back, or to the local park. You’ll get a lot of steps and still have time to eat something afterward.

Keep Moving, Even in Your Chair

Some work demands prolonged sitting time. You can do things to help make sure you don’t suffer unnecessarily for it.

Common Chiro Myths That Just Aren’t The Case

If you’ve already had the good fortune to benefit from great chiropractic care, chances are you’ve had at least one conversation with a friend trying to convince them to do the same. It’s also very possible you’ve run into any number of arguments from that person as to why it isn’t necessary or a possibility for whatever their issue is.

See if any of these sounds familiar.

Myth: I manage to crack my own back, why pay someone else to do it?

According to professional chiropractors, this is one of the worst things you can do. While it may provide some temporary relief for basic back, neck or shoulder pain, when compared to the specific force and direction a pro will apply, it’s not possible to safely and accurately adjust yourself and can also lead to further injury and long term degeneration.

Myth: Adjustments are painful and dangerous.

Chiropractic treatments have an amazing safety record. The treatments themselves provide gentle, safe, and drug-free therapy that leave most patients with immediate relief after an appointment.

As with many activities that work the body, including therapeutic massage, not to mention a regular exercise routine or sports activity, some soreness may occur after treatment but should abate quickly.

Myth: I can’t afford it.

Think so? Double check your insurance policy. As chiropractic care becomes more mainstream, especially as a preventative treatment, more insurance companies are including chiro treatments in their coverage. Additionally, it is quicker and easier to treat a condition initially from the start leading to less cost than it is to wait for the problem to build up and ultimately spend more time and money trying to fix.

Myth: Once you start treatment, you can’t stop.

Just as every person has different medical and health needs, chiro patients have different treatment needs as well. There are three basic types of chiro care;
therapeutic, corrective and wellness.

Therapeutic care is used for issues like pain relief. Corrective care is utilized in cases of chronic structural issues like scoliosis. Wellness care helps maintain any results achieved from the other treatments or works as a preventative measure for those who have typical structural systems.

Just as regular wellness appointments are recommended by your doctor (mammogram, prostate, etc.), routine chiro care is recommended to help prevent future injury. In the end, though, it’s up to you. The real truth is, people keep going not because they have to, but because they want to.

Myth: Chiropractic treatments won’t help my condition.

Chiropractic care isn’t just to help your back, neck or shoulders. When a chiropractic treatment is received, it realigns the spine. This alignment lets the brain and body communicate more efficiently as well as improves the nervous system’s ability to function properly. All of this lets the body heal itself more effectively with less need for OTC pain meds and more.

Myth: Chiropractors aren’t real doctors, I only want a real doctor treating me.

Doctors of chiropractic are required to complete up to 400 more hours of instruction than MD’s do. And, many of those extra hours are dedicated to advanced information in anatomy, nutrition, physiology, public health, and rehab. Chiropractors are back doctors, you wouldn’t go to an optometrist for teeth problems.

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More studies are coming out every day telling us what thousands of chiro professionals
have known for decades. Proper alignment in our bodies can have a positive effect on
our entire system.

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