Are you a habitual sitter?
Whether it is a job requirement, or a personal preference for leisure time, Americans are spending more time in a seated position than ever. The problem? Humans were simply not designed to sit; sitting is not our spine's preferred position, as evidenced by the fact that sitting puts more downward pressure on your spine than standing or laying down. We then compound this pressure by adopting poor posture- whether you slouch down, hunch forward or perpetually sit with your head forward, any posture that is not neutral is going to increase the amount of downward pressure on your spine. Unfortunately, for many of us, there is no way to break this cycle of sitting; instead, the best thing we can do is practice damage limitation.
Spinal care while sitting: an exercise in damage limitation
At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we have years of experience helping people protect their spines from the incursions of sitting. We have identified the following points of focus:
- Office equipment
- Core strengthening
- Mastering posture
- Taking microbreaks
- Taking macrobreaks
Rest assured that these are things to get excited about! Once you get a penchant for the way your spine can feel with a few simple adjustments to your lifestyle, you will take the onus upon yourself to implement these measures. It is up to us to give you that bit of motivation!
Damage limitation requires proactivity
All of this involves being proactive, and many of us find this difficult in the midst of our busy lifestyles. That's why we want to work with you to make your spinal health routine smarter, simpler and more effective. If you sit for a living, there is a good chance you are already aware of this stiffness and pain that is creeping in with each passing year. It's time to start undoing this process of degradation that sitting is directly responsible for; give our office in Dunedin a call and let us help you become a master of damage limitation and spinal health despite your job.