When it comes to taking care of the health of your back, there are many simple and easy changes you can make, including habits you can start up, in order to promote better back and spine health. For instance – and you may already know these – it is best to avoid carrying shoulder bags, especially when the load is heavy; instead, try using a padded backpack to carry your things around with you. You should also avoid lifting and carrying objects that are way too heavy for you.
While these simple tips are easy to implement into your everyday life for better back health, there is one aspect of your life that you may not even realize is more than likely having a detrimental effect on your back and spine health. If you are like the vast majority of Americans, you probably spend quite a lot of time sitting down, and chances are high that you may not be sitting in a position that is optimal for the well being of your back and spine.
According to an article post that I recently came across by How Stuff Works, here is why sitting in an improper position can be so detrimental to your health, and how to make sure that this doesn’t have any sort of negative impact in your life.
The harsh truth is that, even if you practice the most perfect posture while standing and walking, it is just way too easy to lose all of that discipline upon sitting down. Everything from sitting in the car during your commute, to sitting in your desk at work, to sitting on the couch at home can pose a threat to your back. The most common issue that chiropractors see in their patients with back pain is how they tend to hunch over while sitting.
This is more than likely because they are looking at a computer screen, which causes the shoulder to hunch forward and the neck to extend down and out. Many people take up a similar posture while driving as well. This is why it is important to make sure that your seats are always well-adjusted to your body. In any chair that you sit in, make sure that both of your feet can remain firmly planted on the ground at all times. Also be sure to roll your shoulders back and sit up in order to prevent strain to your back. Finally, regular chiropractic adjustments to the spine can ensure a healthier posture over time.
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