At the most basic level, the office is harming your back. Sitting for hours on end is not good for the spine, and chances are posture is a constant struggle that we often lose. Coupled with the fact that we are barely moving and our circulation is stagnant, it is no wonder that we treat many an office worker whose upper body muscles are tight and out of balance. At Associates in Chiropractic, we know that this damage is undoable if only we choose to be proactive about it; by choosing to listen to your body you can directly address muscle tension and keep it at bay. This starts on an hour-by-hour basis in the office!
Placing a focus on the areas which accumulate the most tension:
Brain: take deep breaths rather than sips of air. This is the quickest way to nourish the cells in your body and fight back against the incursions of stress.
Neck: place a hand on top of your head and lower the left ear toward the left shoulder, feeling a stretch in the opposing side. Hold for 10 deep breaths and repeat on the other side.
Upper Back/Shoulders: take your hands off the keyboard and give your shoulder blades a squeeze. Hold for 5-10 deep breaths and release.
Lower back: do a gentle twist. Sit up straight and inhale. Exhaling, gently twist your body to the right, looking over your right shoulder and grasping your right knee with your left hand. Hold 10 deep breaths and repeat on the other side.
If you need extra help addressing tight muscles and chronic pain, give our office in Hackensack a call. We are specialists in treating the office worker whose job is taking a toll on the spine. By releasing trigger points of tension, we can improve your experience with muscle pain, allowing you to start moving more freely and strengthening the muscles that matter for maintaining good posture. Furthermore, we seek out and correct subluxation which contributes to nerve interference and has a role in both pain and bodily dysfunction. Give our office a call to schedule an appointment today!
Dr. Albert Stabile, D.C.