At our St. Paul and North Oaks Chiropractic offices, we are frequently hearing from patients that are struggling with back pain. Many times this back pain can be attributed to sitting for long periods of time and poor posture. Correct posture is a very simple and effective way to keep the back and spine healthy. At Caron Chiropractic Clinic we offer a whole host of treatment options for back pain, but we also encourage our patients to utilize the tips below to help prevent this type of pain in the first place.
Problems Caused by Poor Posture and Back Support
Not maintaining good posture and back support can significantly strain muscles in the back and put undue stress on the spine. Over long periods of time this stress can actually lead to constricted nerves and blood vessels, which can then cause issues with joints, muscles and discs. These problems can then trigger pain and stress leading to fatigue, headaches and other major health concerns.
How to Identify Good Posture
Identifying good posture involves making sure that each part of your body lines up correctly with neighboring parts. Good posture helps to keep all parts of the body balanced and supported while sitting or standing. Because people often find themselves in different positions during the day (sitting, standing, lying down) it’s very important to learn the correct posture in each position that will result in the least amount of back pain.
Take Frequent Breaks
If you sit for extended periods of time it’s important to take frequent breaks to allow your spine and back to remain in motion. The back does best when it is in motion and therefore it’s best to frequently get up from sitting to stretch and move around during the day.
Use a Standing Desk or Ergonomic Office Chair
There have been studies showing that sitting for prolonged periods of time can be detrimental to your health. For this reason, standing desks have recently gained in popularity as well as ergonomic office chairs that are designed to offer better back support and are more comfortable for office workers.
Work with a Licensed Chiropractor
Working with a licensed chiropractor can help you to develop better posture and also to lessen the strain of muscles and joints in your back and spine through chiropractic adjustments. If you’re interested in learning more about how to maintain good posture, contact one of the St. Paul Chiropractors at Caron Chiropractic Clinic today at (651) 255-9999. We’ll be happy to discuss your wellness needs and to develop a plan to help you naturally live a life free from back pain.