Three Chiropractic Tips to Help You Feel Better Today
We all go through days in which we feel tired, uncomfortable, physically stressed, and in pain. Sometimes, this pain and discomfort is caused by medical conditions, but most of the time, it is caused merely by the way we sit, stand, move, and go about our day.
Fortunately, chiropractic gives us ways we can feel better physically (and by association, mentally) almost instantly, just by changing a few habits in our daily lives. As an East Longmeadow chiropractor, I encourage my patients to constantly be on the lookout for ways to adjust or tweak their habits to bring about real short-term and long-term relief.
Here are three chiropractic health tips that you can adopt today to give you instant benefits and long-term gains.
Tip #1: Walk the Walk
One of the most frequent requests of East Longmeadow Chiropractic patients is back pain relief. Our spines undergo a tremendous amount of stress each day, and if we do something as simple as walk the wrong way, we can exert even more stress on our backs – more than they can or should handle.As a result, one of the easiest ways to feel relief is to simply walk with proper posture. When you walk, you should stand up as a tall as you can – head up, shoulders back and relaxed, chest slightly lighted. Keep your back straight, bend your arms at 90 degrees at the elbow, and land on the heels of your feet first and roll through the balls of your feet and toes.
Tip #2: Sit Up Properly
You can also use proper posture when you sit as a means of back pain relief and relief for other common problems.
Since many of us sit for long periods of time (either at school or at work), correct posture is crucial. When you sit, don’t slouch – slouching is terrible for your body’s musculoskeletal system and puts stress and pressure on your body. Your chin should stay up and your head should be held upright and straight. Also, make sure your knees are at a 90-degree angle, with both feet on the floor. Your back should be against the backrest and you should avoid sitting for longer than 20 minutes at a time, if at all possible.
Tip #3: Stretch, Stretch, Stretch!
One of the last health tips is one of the biggest: stretching. Most people think stretching is only for athletes who are getting ready to work out or play sports. While you should stretch before any physical activity, you can also stretch as a way of softening your muscles, improving your flexibility, and relieving stress that has accumulated in your body.
If you develop a daily, low-impact stretching routine, you could find a way to deal with chronic and acute pain and stress – and make yourself feel better with each passing day!