The habits we maintain throughout the day can have lasting effects on the entire body—especially if unmanaged! Therefore, let’s talk about the different ways we can identify and balance out our aches and pains.
Identifying Daily Habits
To get started, you should begin by identifying patterns in your daily routine—think posture or repetitive motions. (Especially while at your work…like where are your monitors placed, where the phone is, where is the mouse located, etc.) For chiropractors we can experience our own pain from repetitive motion, from pain in the hands to shoulder pain due to adjusting patients for 6-8 hours a day. Adjusting patients can really take a toll on the body as can sitting at your desk all day in a chair starring at multiple monitors. Learning how to keep your body in a neutral position while working can help the spine tremendously. Don’t lose good posture over time while sitting for too long. To identify potential causes, here are some helpful questions to consider:
• What motions/postures are you frequenting for a majority of your day?
• Are you at a desk with shoulders slumped and head slightly turned one way?
• Are you reaching overhead with your body turned to one side? Are you lifting?
• While working out, are you using proper form? Have you had your form checked?
And remember, it’s not just physical habits—stress levels and nutritional intake also greatly affect how you feel and function.
While each body’s needs are unique to the individual, there are quite a few fun, easy activities that can help with pain relief as well as complement chiropractic care. One of the best is swimming. It’s low impact and requires you to hold your head in a position that combats poor posture on the daily.
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is another great option. The heart rate up and down is beneficial! Gradually work into more difficult challenges. If you’re just getting started, even 10 minutes of 2 minutes walking, 20 seconds speed-walking in rotation will help.
Plain and simple…get ADJUSTED! It’s key and so important!