Back pain is one of the most well documented back issues in medicine. It can be caused by accident, injury, and most commonly, poor posture. Sitting at a desk for long periods of time can be monotonous. Our bodies begin to feel like heavy weights and the more we lean over our desks, the more stress we put on our backs. The muscles we normally use to hold us erect begin to tighten, making it harder for us to sit up straight. If we sit this way for long periods of time, poor posture begins to take its toll on the muscles and bones in our back.
Maintaining good posture can help to alleviate back pain and strengthen the muscle structure that supports our spinal column and neck. The following tips can help reduce the strain placed on your back and improve your overall posture.
* Monitor Your Posture Often Until you are used to sitting correctly, monitor your posture often. If you find yourself slouching or stooping over, straighten yourself up. Take a deep breath and make a conscious effort to maintain the position.
* Adjust Your Work Station Look at the area you work in. Adjust computer monitors, lighting, and the location of your tools, so they are most accessible when you are seated properly. You will find yourself correcting your posture to better use your tools.
* Stretch Often to Relieve Tension Whether you are working or relaxing, stretch occasionally. It prevents muscles from tightening up and helps to reduce the affects of stress on the body.
* Purchase Quality Furniture If you work at a desk for several hours, purchase office furniture that supports good posture. Being comfortable is the key to maintaining your posture and supporting the spine.
About the Author Dr. Michael Berry, D.C. is the Director of Katella Chiropractic and Laser Center, a leading chiropractic wellness center in Orange County California. Katella Chiropractic and Laser Center successfully treats patients with sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, and back and neck pain using spinal adjustments, chiropractic massages and more. Dr. Michael Berry and his team also use low level laser therapy, which improves tissue repair and reduces pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied.