As we approach the end of winter, here are some tips to keep your spine mobile. We often can become more sedentary in the cooler months. This can affect your spine and posture.
We often take these cooler months as an opportunity to curl up on the couch and binge on Netflix, read or nap. When you sit with poor posture for a long time, it can put stress on your spine and body. Over time this can cause pain and decrease your flexibility.
So, what can you do to look after your spine?
Keep Warm, Keep Active
Stay warm by staying active. You could try doing a few household jobs whilst you’re watching a movie eg some light dusting or folding some clothes.
Stretch, Take Breaks, Use Your Legs
Remember to take breaks and stretch or walk around in between episodes.
Posture, Posture, Posture!
Use good posture! Sit with your feet flat on the floor, head up with your chin parallel to the ground and shoulders back but relaxed.
The Australian Chiropractors’ Association’s free app, Straighten Up, has reminders on there to help you sit better, have breaks and drink enough water. It also has a 3-minute stretching program that helps stabilise core muscles, improve spinal health and your general health.
Of course as is the way sometimes, injury and soreness can persist without treatment. If you find you still have pain, make an appointment to see your chiropractor at Clayfield Chiropractic to receive a professional treatment plan.
Author: Cheyne Thompson
Cheyne graduated from Sydney College of Chiropractic and Osteopathy in 1984. She also has postgraduate qualifications in paediatric chiropractic care. Before joining Clayfield Chiropractic Clinic in 1993, Cheyne enjoyed seven years in a Sydney based practice. Cheyne has three children and 2 grandchildren.