Many people have jobs that require sitting at a desk all day- or in the case of remote work, on a couch, at your kitchen table, in bed… Unfortunately, sitting, especially in non-ergonomic positions, can take a serious toll on your body, health, and spine over time. A sedentary lifestyle can have a more serious impact on your spine than simple discomfort, which is why it’s important to explore options for correction and how to optimize your health if you spend a lot of time working a desk job. 

How Sitting Can Damage Your Health

All of us living modern lives bound to screens are probably sitting more than we should. Sitting forces your body, especially your spine, into an unnatural position. Sitting for prolonged periods constantly can significantly affect your musculoskeletal system and impact the healthy, natural curve of your spine. While such misalignments may not initially be obvious, over time they may result in a number of other symptoms, particularly if you spend a significant portion of your waking hours in a sitting position. 

Some side effects of sitting all day include:

  • Persistent low back pain
  • Tightness in the hip flexors
  • Discomfort in the upper back and shoulder region
  • Hip pain or stiffness
  • Recurring headaches

These kinds of symptoms can negatively affect your everyday life, but luckily you can find relief through regular chiropractic adjustments and small lifestyle changes.

Tips For Improving Your Sitting Posture During The Day

Obviously, standing up, walking, and stretching during the day as much as you can is optimal. Unfortunately, this isn’t always practical when you’re extremely busy. This is why it’s key to maintain proper posture when you do need to sit. Ergonomic chairs and desks are great, but that’s only part of maintaining your posture. Whether you’re sitting at your home office in your ergonomic desk chair, working from a local coffee shop, or on a plane, maintaining a proper sitting position is critical to the health of your spine. Here are some tips to follow for proper sitting posture:

  • Don’t cross your legs
  • Keep your feet evenly planted on the floor with a small gap between the front of your seat and the back of your knees
  • Keep your knees at or below your hip level
  • Ensure that your ankles are in front of your knees
  • Adjust your backrest to support your low and mid-back if you can
  • Try and keep your forearms parallel to the ground
  • Relax your shoulders, keeping them back, down, and away from your ears

Even if you follow these tips for making sure you’re sitting correctly, you should also try your best to get up and stretch as often as possible. Try and get up at least once an hour to move around, even if it’s just standing up to do some simple stretching.

Contact Us Today

Although making positive changes in your everyday sitting posture can help to control and prevent further problems, regular chiropractic adjustments can restore proper function, correct existing misalignments, and get you back to feeling your best. Call Coastal Chiropractic to schedule an appointment and optimize your spine and body function today!