Improving Your Posture at Work
Incorrect work posture is a common cause of back pain. When you have a poor posture, your muscles, joints, and spinal discs must all compensate for additional stress and pressure. Maintaining a poor posture for a lengthy amount of time can slowly weaken your back and even cause slipped or herniated discs.
Remaining hunched over while sitting or standing reduces the blood supply to your back and core, which can cause stiffness, weakness, and further pain over time. Improving your posture at work and home will improve your overall health.
The Effects of a Poor Work Posture on Your Health
Maintaining a poor work posture has detrimental impacts on your spine and health. Poor posture can affect more than just your back. While back pain is the most common, your pain may radiate through other areas of your body as well, including your hips, knees, feet, shoulders, and neck.
If you have poor work posture, you may also be experiencing:
- Stiffness in your back, neck, or shoulders
- A decrease in range of motion
- Pain and inflammation
- Slipped, bulging, or herniated spinal discs
Improving Your Posture in Simple Ways
Improving your posture can be done in several simple ways. By incorporating these guidelines into your daily life, you can relieve the tension that your posture is placing on your body and improve your overall health.
Improve your home and work posture by:
- Standing up and walking around or stretching every hour if you are sitting for prolonged periods.
- Keeping your back flush against your office chair with your head facing forward, shoulders back, and your shoulder blades down.
- When lifting heavy objects, squat down, keep your back straight, and lift with your knees.
- Whenever walking, keep your back straight and your shoulders relaxed.
Receiving Chiropractic Care in Rochester
Improper posture can lead to persistent back and neck pain and stiffness. Fortunately, receiving chiropractic care in Rochester will provide relief from unbearable back pain and other symptoms that may be preventing you from improving your work posture.
Dr. Matt Suntken earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2008 and has since been helping patients improve their overall health, recover from injury, and recover from painful symptoms caused by poor posture. He uses a patient-centered approach, creating personalized treatment plans to ensure that each patient receives the most comprehensive care possible.
Do you need chiropractic care in Rochester? Are you suffering from back or neck pain caused by poor posture? Contact our office today at (507) 206-6334 or schedule an appointment online.