Do you suffer from neck pain or low back pain?
Do you work a desk job or spend most of your day sitting?
If you answered yes to these questions, the correlation between the two is not a coincidence. According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide so it is important to understand that exercise and spinal manipulation are great preventative care options. If you live the sedentary lifestyle, your pain may be caused from poor posture, lack of physical activity, or both.
Poor posture causes strain on muscles, ligaments, and tendons, which places stress on bones and joints. This can increase the likelihood of
- Muscle tension
- Degenerative disease
To maintain proper posture while sitting, keep your feet flat on the floor and align your shoulders with your hips. Keep your head up, back straight, and avoid slouching. In order to improve posture, muscle strength and flexibility must be optimal so that the joints are able to move normally.
Movement is essential to overall health and wellness. Not only does exercise decrease the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, but it also strengthens bones, muscles, and joints. Although muscle and joint pain may reduce your motivation to move, limiting those motions can actually worsen your condition. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go run five miles. Moderate exercise such as swimming, walking, or riding bike are all great options to relieve or prevent some of that pain.
In addition to physical activity, chiropractic adjustments can help keep your body moving properly. Spinal manipulation restores joint mobility, which alleviates pain and tense muscles. Chiropractic is one of the most effective, non drug therapies to relieve pain and improve function of the musculoskeletal system as well as the central nervous system. Here at Hinderks Chiropractic, our doctors can help to create a plan unique to your needs that may include exercises, stretches, and regular adjustments.
Whether you are experiencing pain or not, movement is important to your overall health. Consistently exercising and getting adjusted regularly may help to treat or prevent pain, so schedule your appointment today! After all, it’s easier to stay well than to get well!