A troublesome battle for the weary parent of a lounging student at home comes down to balancing screen time. Once, a student used cell phones and tablets in between classes (mostly!), now it is commonly the only way to attend class.
It can not be right that they spend two hours working in class on a tablet or laptop, then switch to socializing and relaxing on the same devices. It may be inevitable, though! What are some of the issues associated with prolonged sedentary behavior, and what can we do?
Pain is the number one indicator our body is not happy and is changing. The change is in the fashion of stooping shoulders, forward head posture, and a rounded spine. Not to worry, though, simple habits can help maintain a healthy posture, keep you limber, and pain-free from work station woes.
Firstly, know that there is no perfect posture; there is only the right posture for you. Secondly, everyone struggles with upper body postural collapse, commonly called Upper Cross Syndrome. UCS is the combination of really tight muscles in the chest and back of the neck and the overworked muscles between the shoulder blades and front of the neck.
The solution is simple, move more! Well, maybe not so simple for some who don't have an encyclopedia of fitness exercises in their pocket. Start small and grab a snapshot of what your daily routine was like before shelter in place, or before you transitioned into a "profession posture" (sitting workstation). Most folks had intermittent walking, standing, bending, reaching, and twisting throughout the regular workday.
Just about everyone used to get up two to three times an hour to walk short distances, to get water, use the restroom, or just break up the day, etc. Now, we should practice the same, even though it might look and feel different.
In the beginning, get up once an hour, walk outside and reach your arms overhead for a few seconds. Walk around the nearest tree or car and head back inside. This little action circulates the blood, gives you a small muscle pump, and offers a moment to disconnect. A short break that lasts maybe 3 to 5 minutes, and helps prevent you from collapsing into a hunchback posture.
As you practice, it becomes easier to get up and get out several times in an hour, and possibly adopting some standing or walking worktime if possible.
It is essential to know it is easy to remedy the many body aches and pains that happen every day. Chiropractic care is one of the most accessible tools to help assess your specific postural needs and offer you the self-care tools to self manage your postural challenges.
With more than three times as many muscles in the body than bones, finding a practitioner that works with both the muscles and bones is critical. At Unbroken Body Chiropractic, we work from the superficial to the deep. Come in for a consultation to see what we can do for you.
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