Spine pain is a significant problem in the U.S. Thirty one million Americans are experiencing back pain at any given time, with 80% of the population experiencing back problems at some point in their lives. Given these figures, taking action to prevent back pain before it happens with the following recommendations is the best approach to take.
Visit your chiropractor! Some issues of the spinal joints can happen, and worsen, without your knowing it. Get your spine checked regularly to prevent small problems from becoming big, painful ones.
Check your Posture
Sit at your desk in an upright position with both feet on the floor and room for your knees to fit easily underneath your desk.
Place commonly used items, such as the phone or computer keyboard, close to you to prevent constantly reaching for these. Place your computer monitor so that it sits at eye level, preventing your head from being carried too far back or forward.
Get up and walk around for a couple of minutes at least every hour. Roll your shoulders forward and back frequently. Exercise before work to get joints and muscles moving for the day and release endorphins.
Drink water – eight 8 ounce glasses, more if you work out frequently or are employed in a hot environment.
Get plenty of sleep. Most adults need between six to eight hours of sleep per night to rehydrate joints, repair muscles, and ensure effective performance and endurance at work.
Back pain is a widespread problem in the U.S., but using these recommendations will prevent you from becoming a statistic and experiencing a potentially debilitating and painful spinal issue. If you are already experiencing back pain, don’t wait – call Hill Valley Chiropractic today to get checked by Dr. Schaaf!