Work Smart, Play Smart
These days, women are more active than ever, both in the workplace and at play. Whether you spend your days standing, running around in heels, sitting at a desk, or working on leveling up your performance at the gym, routine trips to the chiropractor can help to improve your overall health and well-being, while eliminating the aches and pain of everyday life.
Below are 5 life hacks recommended by doctors of chiropractic to help get by between trips to your local chiropractor.
1. Invest in a bra that fits properly: 15% of women own a bra that fits correctly, which means 85% of women are wearing the wrong size bra everyday!1 A properly fitting bra can significantly reduce additional stress on the spine and help reduce shoulder and back pain throughout the day caused by breast size.
2. Ditch the heels, when you can: 72% of women in America report wearing high-heeled shoes on a regular basis and 58% complain3 of low back pain while wearing them. So how can you find relief if you wear heels to work everyday? For starters, reduce the heel to under 2 inches, which will help minimize the risk of back and muscle fatigue. Also, be sure to stretch leg and calf muscles before, during and after wearing your heels. And finally, consider limiting the time you wear them – kick em’ off under your desk if possible.
3-Avoid sitting for long periods: Each year we spend an estimated 1,700 hours2 in front of our computers answering phone calls, writing reports and responding to emails. However, this sedentary work life can take a real toll on our bodies. In fact, 89% of office workers report experiencing musculoskeletal pain and discomfort. This is why it’s essential to make time to get up and move. Whether it’s a short walk around the office or a few simple stretches, making time to move can relieve strain on the body and reduce the likelihood of pain throughout your day.
4-Adjust your workspace: Pay attention to the ergonomics of your setup, whether at home or in the office. Make sure your work space doesn’t require hunching forward or neck craning at unnatural angles just to see your screen. Over time, this unnatural posturing places pressure and tension on the body which can lead to chronic inflammation, pain, and misalignment along the spinal column.
5-Routinely visit your local chiropractor: Chiropractic is not just a solution for back pain, it’s key to helping improve a woman's overall health and well-being. Chiropractors offer a safe, effective and drug-free solution to maintaining spinal health and proper joint function, which ultimately keeps your body balanced, flexible and functioning at its best.
KEEPING YOU MOVING
Being a mom isn’t easy. Taking care of kids (and spouses!) can be a pain. The pay is good – hugs, kisses, and cuddles – but it's not without sacrifice. Perhaps the hardest part is the health woes a busy mom can experience long after childbirth. Let’s face it, motherhood is a job that's rife with strenuous activity, excessive stress and exhaustion.
Think about it – as mothers we are constantly moving or on the go – lifting and carrying heavy kids or laundry baskets, bending over to clean up toys and messes throughout the house, sitting or standing for extended periods of time with carpools and practices.
With so much always going on, it’s easy for us to forget about our own health and well-being. But we can’t – because over time these daily activities can manifest into neck and back pain, sleepless nights, headaches, and more.
Luckily, chiropractic’s got your back and then some! “How?” you ask – simple.
Your spinal column is made up of 24 independent vertebrae that enable your body to do all that moving, twisting and bending throughout your day. It also helps protect the delicate central nervous system that controls and coordinates every muscle, tissue and organ in the body.
The repetitive activity and stresses of being a mom can lead to subluxations of the spine, commonly known as joint dysfunctions, which can negatively affect proper nerve communication from the brain to the body–often resulting in pain and discomfort. Chiropractors promote a safe, effective and drug-free approach to improving joint function resulting in a healthier, more active you.
Find relief and comfort with routine chiropractic care.
While a baby on the way makes for an exciting time in your life, it also causes a lot of change. Back, pelvic, postural, weight and hormonal changes force the body to unnaturally adapt, often resulting in unwanted pain and discomfort. In fact, during pregnancy more than 68%1 of women experience low back pain; and post-delivery, another 65% report experiencing pelvic pain.
Subluxations of the spine, commonly known as joint dysfunctions, occur when two or more vertebrae become restricted and impede the body’s ability to communicate with itself. Joint dysfunctions during pregnancy can be caused by all that change taking place in your body as it prepares to support you and your new bundle of joy.
Chiropractors are trained to locate and correct joint dysfunctions by applying a gentle, targeted movement to the body’s spinal column and extremities–where and when needed–restoring proper joint function and improving nerve communication throughout the body. This non-invasive technique is commonly known as a chiropractic adjustment.
Benefits of seeing a chiropractor while pregnant:
-Relief from back, neck or joint pain
-Increased flexibility and mobility
-Reduced symptoms of nausea and acid reflux
Millions of expecting mothers look to chiropractic for its safe, effective and drug-free approach to pain relief and prevention for a healthier, happier pregnancy.
Let’s face it, “good posture” is something we all strive for, but it’s hard when routine activities throughout everyday life can put a strain on our posture. Things such as stress caused by working from home, fatigued muscles, the hours spent sitting slouched over gaming with the squad, and even our shoes, impact our body’s ability to achieve and maintain good posture. In fact, they actively work against this goal.
To maintain good posture, you need more than some gimmicky device sold in stores. You need to have balance, muscle flexibility and strength, and normal joint motion throughout the body, particularly the spine. This means you not only need to be aware of general health, nutritional and exercise considerations, you also be able to recognize and take action to correct postural and movement habits at work, home, and while on-the-go.
What is good posture and why is it important?
Good posture is more than just standing tall and looking your best, it’s an important part of your overall health and well-being. Posture is simply the body's position and alignment while at rest or in motion. In fact, did you know that there are actually two types of posture? Dynamic and static posture (mind blown, right?).
Dynamic posture is simply our whole body’s posture while moving. It’s how we walk, run, lift, and bend. Static posture on the other hand is our body’s posture while at rest. It’s how we sit, stand, and lay.
Achieving and maintaining good dynamic and static posture is important because poor posture can have a direct negative impact on our bodies, both physically and mentally. Although back pain is the most commonly associated with poor posture, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Poor posture can also cause or compound:
Back pain and neck pain
Headaches and migraines
Like bad posture, good posture can also directly impact our quality of life, but for the better. Some of the many benefits of good posture include:
Reduced risk of back and neck pain
Better balance and coordination
Higher energy levels
Reduced stress and anxiety
Optimism and positivity
A healthy spine is critical to good posture.
One of the key components to good posture is the position of your spine and the body’s ability to function optimally. As we get older, bad habits such as slouching and inactivity cause muscle fatigue and tension that ultimately lead to poor posture. And, while back problems are what most people associate with poor posture, those issues are just the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps you have one shoulder higher than the other or a tilted pelvis – over time, these imbalances can have a serious impact on the body’s central nervous system. That’s where chiropractic comes in. Chiropractors can help improve posture by adjusting the spine, strengthening the supporting muscles and soft tissue in the neck and upper back, and educating people on ways to maintain proper posture.
Posture can affect all areas of health; your susceptibility to injury, breathing, digestion, even nutrition to your brain. "Posture can affect all areas of health; your susceptibility to injury, breathing, digestion, even nutrition to your brain,” says Dr. Kevin Lees, manager of auditing and quality at The Joint Chiropractic. “Chiropractors specifically treat the spine, which not only may improve spinal symptoms, but also quality of life.”
Chiropractors deliver a gentle, non-invasive, non-addictive therapy, known as a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body, which in turn help to correct postural imbalance, reduce inflammation, and improve function of both the affected joint and nervous system. By correcting these postural imbalances, while at the same time encouraging your body to work more optimally, you and your body are able to better support good posture.