Everyone wants to live a healthy and pain-free life, and there are several things you can do to improve your health by yourself. At Good Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we've put together several quick tips and a lesson on motion palpation that you can use to help work out any tight muscles or kinks you may have so you're not sore as you go about your day.
Tips for Sitting
If you work an office job, you most likely sit the majority of your day. Sitting incorrectly can cause posture issues that can translate into pain, stiff muscles, and fatigue. To improve your health, try the following:
- Pick a chair that's firm enough to comfortably support you so you don't slouch
- Sit with your feet flat on the floor. Your knees should be right at the height of your hips.
- Don't cross your legs at your knees because this can irritate any existing back problems and slow your circulation.
Tips for Working at a Desk
Working at a desk can be hard on your body, and you may not even realize it! That is until you go to stand up from sitting from an extended period. A few ways to avoid the traditional aches and pains include:
- Take a short stretch break every 90 minutes or so to keep your muscles limber
- Sit with your knees positioned at a 90° or 120° angle
- Pick a chair that tilts back because this will allow you to rest when you read your screen
- Get a chair that fits your body size. It should have two inches between the front edge of the chair's seat and the back of your knees when you sit with your back flat to the backrest.
- Elevate your computer screen so you're not hunched over when you look at items
Tips for Lifting
Sooner or later, you'll lift something heavy. If you do it incorrectly, you can hurt your back very easily. A few quick tips to apply when you lift anything include:
- Avoid twisting your body when you lift. Turn your whole body, take a step, and set your items down instead of twisting while holding the object.
- Bend at your knees and not your waist
- Make sure you have a clear path to carry your items so you don't trip
- If you have to lean over to lift, bring the items as close to you as possible and lift straight up
A Lesson in Motion Palpitation
Motion palpitation is a technique that is common in chiropractic work where the chiropractor examines every segment of a person's spine for proper movement through the various planes of motion. Additionally, it looks at the relationship your vertebra have to the vertebra directly above and below it.
Originally developed by a Belgian chiropractor named Henri Gillet, motion palpitation spans several different areas. The chiropractor uses their hands to feel how the segments of your spine move when you move in the direction they tell you to. They're searching for any dysfunction between your joints, and motion palpitation is one fast way to isolate where it is and how severe it is.
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