Let’s face it – the human body wasn’t meant to sit in a chair all day. Unfortunately, many Americans need to sit at a desk for several hours a day to do their jobs. But, do we really? There’s got to be a better way! Let’s take a closer look at how desk jobs are changing your posture.
Sitting all day can lead to stiff muscles in your neck, shoulders, back, and hips. A muscle’s sole purpose is to move parts of your body. When they don’t contract and move for an extended period, they can become sore and stiff. A great way to loosen up those muscles as you sit all day at work is to stop and stretch periodically. Every 20-30 minutes, you should get up and stretch. Consider a standing desk or a balance chair to encourage your body to move even as you’re working at the computer. When your muscles are sore and stiff, it could lead to hunching over or slouching in your chair. Slouching and hunching over is terrible for your posture and will only lead to more muscular pain or discomfort.
Humans are creatures of habit. So, if you’re in the habit of hunching over at your desk job, your body is adapting to poor posture. The longer you fall back on these poor posture habits, the harder it will be to correct them. Poor posture leads to spinal misalignment, which leads to headaches, back pain, neck pain, and general discomfort. The best way to correct a spinal misalignment is to see your chiropractor for an adjustment regularly. At your initial appointment, your chiropractor will use x-rays to determine the shape and health of your spine. Then, a customized treatment plan will be developed to address your individual concerns.
Are you worried about poor posture caused by your desk job? If so, then call Posture Doc today.