If you are a 9-5 office warrior, you may be solidly equipped with a sharp mind, a steel wit and a penchant for multi-tasking, but what are you doing for your body? The office can be an unforgiving place for the body: long hours required sitting in front of computers encourage muscles and joints in the body to tighten, especially when poor posture is added into the equation. At American Canyon Chiropractor, we believe that with attention to posture and regular stretching breaks, you can keep your flexibility and range of motion intact while boosting your mental performance and well-being.
- Use lumbar support: even a rolled-up jacket will help.
- Focus on posture: proper sitting posture reduces the burden on the vertebrae and reduces the chance of muscles becoming destabilized.
- Adjust the height of your monitor to eye level, so you are not craning your neck upward or downward.
- Avoid leaning in toward the computer, a natural human movement as the hours pass by.
- Shake out the tension every once and a while. Whenever the thought strikes you, give yourself a shake and a stretch and feel the tension slip away.
- Hydrate frequently
- Always face forward: don't have a computer in an awkward corner of your desk that requires you to twist your upper body or neck.
Make the office work for you rather than against you. If your back has been feeling out of sorts at the end of the day, give our office a call. We can take care of the spinal misalignments that occur from days sitting in the office and release trigger points of tension that will help reduce mental and physical stress.
Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.