No matter how old you may be, chances are you have experienced pain in the spine or neck at some point in your life. Pain in these areas is common because the spinal cord acts as a support system for the entire structure of our bodies. Whether you notice or not, simple actions we take every day at our jobs and while we sleep can affect the body and its alignment. It is for this reason that it’s extremely important to pay special attention to the spine and take preventative measures to avoid pain or injury.
Individuals working a desk job that requires long hours of sitting are at a higher risk for problems later on in life. To avoid aches and pains, move around regularly, practice stretching at your desk, and consider using an ergonomically-designed chair to help support posture.
Speaking of posture, jobs that require standing for long periods of time can cause similar pains. It’s just as important to stretch in this type of situation, and to focus on standing up straight and keeping good posture to limit stress on the spine.
When sleeping, it is recommended to lie on the back with a pillow tucked under the knee. Sleeping on the stomach can strain the back and lead to aches. However, if you are more comfortable doing so, a pillow should be placed under the stomach to avoid straining the back.
We don’t often consider how hard our spine is working while we are performing these daily activities, but following these simple health tips can result in a healthier body and a life free of pain.
If you, a friend, or family member is suffering from chronic pain, call us today at 732-431-2155 to schedule an appointment with a member of the Advanced Wellness team.