How do you think most people injure their backs? If you guessed heavy lifting, you’re wrong. Many back injuries today are caused simply by sitting too much. Life in the modern office means hour after hour of sitting in front of a computer, and most people don’t sit with the correct posture. The result is lower back, neck, and shoulder pain. Spine care from your NYC chiropractor can keep your back healthy, but adding a few simple stretches to your work schedule will also help. Take a break and practice these stretches at the office for good spinal health:
While sitting in your chair, twist as far as you comfortably can to one side. Hold that pose while you take 10 breaths, and then repeat on the other side. Repeat the entire process a few times until you can feel the pressure on your spine start to ease. Be sure to turn your head to the side as you twist, and don’t ever force your twist past the point of comfort.
Simple shoulder shrugs can help reduce pressure in your neck and shoulders. Instead of just shrugging up and down, move your shoulders forward slightly as you lift them up, and then roll them back as you release the shrug. Repeat this shoulder stretch 10 times in one direction, and then 10 times in the opposite direction.
You may not think that stretching your legs would be good for your back, but your hamstrings can cause pain in your lower back. Prop the heel of one foot on your desktop. If you don’t feel a stretch in your hamstring, bring your head towards your knee until you do. Stay in this position while you take 10 deep breaths, and then switch legs.
Chiropractic treatment can help you beat chronic pain issues, including back pain. Come see the chiropractors at Peterson Chiropractic and say goodbye to your backaches. We also offer massage therapy in our NYC chiropractor clinic. Call (212) 242-3210 and discover the difference that chiropractic treatment can make in your life.