Since you were little, you have heard about the importance of correct posture and sitting and walking properly. You probably thought your parents were just overprotective and controlling. Now that you are older you hear about the importance of ergonomically correct work areas; you may be wishing you had listened a bit more when you were younger. It is never too late though, to learn these good habits and enjoy the benefits of ergonomic health.
So, what is ergonomics and why is it so important. Ergonomics is essentially the effect your posture, sitting position, movement habits, and daily activities have on your body. It is important because all of these factors play a significant role in your range of movement and the pressure and resulting pain that is caused to your body. While the effects of improper posture and prolonged sitting or standing affect your whole body, the most frequent complaint is to the back and neck area. The good news is you can find help from your Longview chiropractor, not only to correct the damage already done but to learn new healthy habits to avoid future injury.
Though you cannot avoid the work that causes these positions to be necessary, you can take action to ensure that you are using proper posture and taking the required breaks to alleviate some of the harmful effects this type of work can cause. If you work in an office space where you are sitting for most of the day make sure you take periodic breaks to stand and stretch your body. These stretches can help avoid the stress on your spine and joints that are the underlying cause of the pain you feel after prolonged sitting. You can also use different attachments for your chairs to adjust the arm height and the back lumbar support. These small changes may make a huge difference in the overall well being of your body. Your Longview chiropractor can give you some further tips for avoiding the pains caused by these daily tasks.
Now that you know how important ergonomics is to your overall well being, you may want to schedule an appointment for a posture and spine assessment. Your chiropractor can set you up on a treatment plan to alleviate the pain that you are already experiencing and teach you new techniques and habits to help you avoid further aches and pains. Schedule an appointment today and let your Longview chiropractor help you to achieve a pain-free tomorrow.