Desk Job Got You Down? Chiropractic Care Can Help

Does your daily routine include sitting in a chair…at a desk…across from a computer screen…for the entire work day? After a long day in the office, do you feel like you’re in desperate need of a good back cracking or relaxing massage? Before you give into the temptation (well, go ahead and get that massage if you’re able to), consider your spine and overall body health. Surprisingly enough, “the strain placed on the body can be equal to or greater than manual labor jobs.”

The Strain

Over an extended period of time in a sitting position—by this, we mean no physical activity on a daily basis and the majority of your time being spent in a seated position—your postural muscles (basically the muscles that help you sit in an upright position) become over-used and tight while your “prime movers” (those muscles that help you move) become under-used and weak. In addition to general tightness, restriction, and strain, this repetitive activity can also cause Anterior Head Carriage and Upper Crossed Syndrome.

The two are actually related: Anterior Head Carriage is caused by Upper Cross Syndrome. So, let’s break them both down a bit. Anterior Head Carriage (otherwise known as Forward Head Carriage) simply means that the head is being held in a position (forward) that it’s not supposed to be. Doctors and chiropractors can determine if a patient has this syndrome by examining their body when they are standing normally. If the person’s ear is in front of their shoulder, they most likely have Anterior Head Carriage.

Upper Crossed Syndrome is also referred to as “student syndrome.” It’s characterized by weakness that the body’s muscles develop due to one’s posture. When you’re sitting at a desk all day, you might find yourself constantly hunched over to get closer to whatever is in front of you (whether it be books or a computer). This position causes the muscles between your neck and shoulder to contract and tighten. In addition to the obvious strain these two syndromes can cause on the body, they can also result in further (perhaps more major) issues down the line.

How Chiropractic Care Helps

There are plenty of self-care techniques that office workers and students alike can implement to help ease the muscle strain. Some of these include:
· Walking whenever possible
· Fixing your desk set-up to prevent a hunched over position
· Practice gentle stretches often to work out the tightness
· Maintaining a moderately active and healthy lifestyle
· Visiting a chiropractor

Although there are myths that suggest that you have to visit a chiropractor forever or that it’s painful, all of these are actually false! Not only can chiropractors use their natural, non-invasive, painless techniques to address pain-points in the body, but they can also set up their patients with stretches and methods to help prevent future issues as well as give them advice on how to hold the right posture for sitting in a desk all day. If you’re looking for a chiropractor in the Richmond Hill area, call Kelly Chiropractic today!

Kelly Chiropractic 9390 Ford Ave Suite #2
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
(912) 756-8080