Spinal health week
Is binge watching giving you a backache?
There is no denying that we live an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, spending hours each day sitting at desks or curled up on couches watching TV.
The average Australian spends 2 hours and 25 minutes a day watching television.1 That’s a long time in one position and it can be hazardous to your health.
Most of the time, when people watch TV, they are either slouching or lying in ways that put strain on their shoulders, back, or hips. Unwinding in front of the television shouldn’t feel like work but it also shouldn’t leave you feeling miserable the next day.
How to keep your spine happy while watching television:
- Pay attention to your posture – sitting up straight may not feel comfortable at first but overtime you’ll be able to maintain good posture as a habit. Keep your shoulders and back relaxed, and avoid tilting your head forward, backwards or sideways
- Take a break – a great way to remember to move is by getting off the couch and walking around during commercial breaks.
- Reduce sitting time – you can make television time productive by doing household chores such as ironing or folding clothes while watching your favourite series.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP
Chiropractors regularly diagnose, care for and manage who are suffering from neck pain, headaches and back pain. When you go to your local chiropractor they will perform:
A postural evaluation: to determine if your posture is contributing to the problem
Assessment of your spinal range of motion: to evaluate your spine for restriction or painful movement
Orthopaedic testing: specific tests to assess physical damage to your musculo-skeletal condition
Neurological and balance testing: to evaluate the functioning of your nervous system
They arrange for x-rays or other tests if indicated needed to help diagnose what is causing your symptoms.
Once they established what the believe is the cause of your symptoms they will discuss with the treatment options available to you ans which one is the most suitable to you.
Common Conditions That Chiropractic Can Help