Ballet dancers have excellent posture, but what about the rest of us?
If you’re like a lot of my patients, you probably spend hours every day slumped over your computer and phone. You probably don’t spend much time thinking about your posture.
The problem with bad posture is that it can cause neck and back pain.
Imagine sitting in one position for a long time, for example, hunched over your computer rushing to complete a project. If you do this day after day, then your body eventually adapts itself to the posture.
For many people, that means their head juts out slightly forward and their shoulders do the same. This puts constant pressure on your spinal column and muscles and eventually leads to pain.
All because your body isn’t meant to hold such positions for long.
Does this sound familiar?
Ergonomics (and Chiropractic Care) Can Relieve Your Pain
Ergonomics is a term that’s applied to workspaces and you’ve probably heard of raising your computer monitor so it’s eye level. That’s because the positioning of the monitor at eye level helps your head remain in its natural position rather than bending forward for hours.
There are also ergonomic keyboards, desks, chairs, and mice. They’re all designed to help your body maintain better posture.
For example, having your chair at the right level ensures your hands and arms are able to rest in a natural way and still type while having your computer monitor at eye level means your neck is straighter.
Altogether, the height of the chair, desk, and computer monitor can improve your posture so that you feel less neck and back pain.
Posture extends to other activities that find you hunched over for long periods too, like gardening, golfing, or gazing at your tablet or phone. If put yourself in the habit of thinking about your posture (thinking about it is half the battle), then you’ll straighten up which will help relieve the pressure muscles may be putting on your nerves.
See, habitual patterns of sitting and standing change your anatomy.
It’s not uncommon for your hips to be slightly uneven which affects the way you stand and walk. If you often have back or neck pain (or both) they’re probably in the same area. For example, always on the right side.
The spinal column is a complex structure made up of over 300 bones, discs, tendons, and thousands of nerves. You may have pain because a muscle is pressing on a tiny nerve. Your chiropractor can help that muscle return to its proper place and free your nerve.
Of course, this is true throughout your body.
Once you find pain relief, you can do some simple exercises and adjust your habits to help you feel better more often.
Most people don’t think much about their bodies until they’re in pain, and then it’s common for someone to pop a pill for immediate pain relief. Of course, that doesn’t work in the long term.
Chiropractic care helps your body heal itself and ergonomics help you maintain better posture.
Together, you can feel less pain and do the things you want to do. If you’re in the Doylestown, PA area and you have neck and back pain, why not schedule a free consultation to find out how we can help?