Spinal Health Advice From Experienced Chiropractors in Chicago
Pain Posture And Spinal Health
Quite often it happens that you would slouch in your chair while hurriedly finishing up your report. By the time you reach home, you spend your time to unwind and spend some extra hours weeding your garden with your back constantly hunched forward. Might not sound like a big deal?
Here are some tips that you should incorporate in your daily routine to maintain a proper posture
throughout the day. There is a high chance that your poor posture might be the major contributing factor to back pain. It has been proven that a good posture helps to reduce back pain.
How Poor Posture Provokes Back Pain
When you sit with a poor posture for a few hours, you may not feel any ill-effects right away. However, over the course of time, your poor posture will put stress on your spine which leads to anatomical changes in your spine. As a result of this, you will suffer from back pain because of constriction of blood vessels and nerves in that area. Moreover, the stress from poor posture also leads to back pain which causes problems in your muscles, discs and joints as well.
Back pain which is caused by poor posture usually has one of the following characteristics:
- Back pain getting worse at specific times of the day
- Chronic pain which starts in your neck and gradually moves down to your upper and lower back
- Sudden back pain which coincides with a new job or maybe a new office chair and even a new car
How To Maintain A Good Posture?
Since a poor posture leads to back pain, a good posture will help alleviate it. Here are some tips on how to maintain a good posture while you walk, sit or lift:
Always Walk Tall
It is quite easy to forget about your posture, especially when you are exercising or running errands. However, your good posture is also important when you are walking. While you walk, it is crucial that you look straight ahead of you and keep your head balanced straight above your spine. Moreover, always remain tall while you walk and ensure that you land on your heel and gentle roll forward to push off the front of your foot.
Sit With Support
Likewise, most of the people, there is a chance that you also sit for at least eight hours every day. With that much amount of time spent sitting, it is extremely important that you sit with a proper posture. One of the most common posture mistakes people make is office chair hunch where they sit at the front of the chair and hunch forward to reach the computer screen.
Avoid hunching forward and do this instead:
- Keep your back flush against the chair while keeping the shoulders tall and head leveled over the spine
- Always keep the knees level with your hips or at least sit with your knees slightly above your hips if you are seated at a desk
- Also, when sitting at a desk, always keep your arms flexed at 75 to 90-degree angle at your elbows
- Always keep the feet flat on the floor. If you can’t reach the floor, make use of a footrest
Poor lifting techniques can cause severe injury to your muscles, discs in the back and joints. Here are three of the most important yet simple rules for lifting both light and heavy objects:
- Always keep the chest forward: Make sure that your back is straight whenever you lift, bend your hips and not the lower back and keep the chest out
- Lead with your hips: Whenever changing directions while you lift, always lead with your hips. This helps to avoid placing any additional strain on your back
- Keep weight close to your body: Always keep the object that you are about to lift as close to your body as possible
If you are looking to improve your overall health through the different benefits of regular chiropractic care, the top rated chiropractors in Chicago can help you. Book your session today by calling us or simply tap on the schedule your appointment button and get it done online.