When it comes to your spine's long-term health, medical and chiropractic care goes hand in hand with certain lifestyle decisions. Simple things like lifting properly or standing occasionally while working at a desk can make all the difference. Dr. David P. Sniezek with Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation and Pain Center is dedicated to educating patients about the importance of mindfulness when it comes to your spinal wellness. For your convenience, Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation and Pain Center has two locations: Washington, DC, and McLean, VA.
Resting and Sleeping
Neck and back strain are common during rest and sleep. Sometimes we fall asleep in strange positions or angles and wake up asking ourselves, "did I sleep the wrong way?" Your trusted chiropractor will tell you it's important that your pillow supports your neck and head so that everything is neutral with your spine. This is the simplest way to avoid aches and pains in the morning.
Lifting objects improperly is the most common way to injure your spine. Always use your legs to lift, never your back! Keep your back straight and hold the object close to your body. Never twist while picking something up and always set the object down the same way you lifted it. Lifting properly is the easiest way to avoid seeing your chiropractor.
Talking and Texting on the Phone
If you need to speak on the phone for an extended period of time, using the speaker function or a headset is recommended to keep your neck aligned with your spine. Tilting your head towards your shoulder will damage muscles and vertebrae. Similarly, when you're texting, keep your neck and back straight with the device at chest or eye level. Never hunch!
Working at a Desk
While working at a desk for an extended period, make sure you're getting up every thirty minutes to stretch out your body. Also be sure that when you're sitting, your feet are flat on the floor with your knees at a ninety-degree angle. Your computer screen should always be at eye-level.
Some of these bad habits are second nature, so it's easy to forget to pay attention to what we are doing with our bodies. Awareness is key. If you think you injured your back or neck, contact our office today. Dr. Sniezek will help get you on the road to recovery!