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Combating Sitting Disease With Chiropractic Care

back pain in deskSitting disease is a modern-day malady coined due to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles. It’s become more prevalent as more people shift to working from home, spending hours seated at their desks.

When it comes to office workers, they not only sit at their desks for many hours a day but then sit in their cars commuting home. Beyond sitting during the workday, many people head to the sofa to watch TV, compounding the effects of staying sedentary.

The Risks of Prolonged Sitting

Extended sitting can lead to a variety of health issues. People often experience anterior head carriage and shoulder problems when seated for long periods. Unsupported lower backs can cause chronic pain and other severe discomforts like tingling sensations and sciatica. These symptoms are exacerbated by stagnant postures that stress certain body parts while neglecting others.

Even more serious, too much sitting increases your risk of chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. That’s why regular movement is critical.

Chiropractic Care, Ergonomic Support & Exercises

Chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to mitigating the effects of sitting disease. By adjusting misalignments in the spine and extremities, Dr. Denn can ensure optimal body alignment, alleviating pain and enhancing mobility.

Moreover, when patients fill Dr. Denn in on their workstation setup, he can provide suggestions to make it more ergonomically correct. “Plus, if they’ve noticed there’s a weakness, then we’ll put together a stretching or exercise program to help stabilize and strengthen those postural muscles that they use more—or even that they don’t use as much as they should—to keep them at a balance,” said Dr. Denn.

Preventive Measures and Daily Adjustments

You can also incorporate simple, daily exercises into your routine to counteract the effects of sitting disease. For instance, performing shoulder rolls, hip rotations, and short walks around the office every 30 to 60 minutes can significantly improve circulation and muscle activity. Some individuals have also found success by replacing traditional office chairs with physio balls to engage and strengthen core muscles throughout the workday.

You also may want to invest in an adjustable standing desk that allows you to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day.

Say So Long to a Sedentary Lifestyle

Don’t let prolonged sitting compromise your health. Contact Denn Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment!

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