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Chiropractic Awareness Week

13/04/2015

Chiropractic Awareness Week

 

So, this week we are celebrating Chiropractic Awareness Week with the British Chiropractic Association (BCA).  This year, they are focussing on keeping your back happy and healthy while you are at work, which rather conveniently fits in with what I have lately been emphasising in my blog!

 

The BCA has issued the following top tips to help people get through the working day back pain free:

 

  • Sit up straight: Relax when sitting into your seat, making sure you have your bottom against the seat back with your shoulder blades touching the back rest of the chair. Keep arms relaxed and close to the body and place on the desk when typing. For drivers; the back of the seat should be set slightly backwards, so that it feels natural and your elbows should be at a comfortable and relaxed angle for driving.

  • Be computer compatible: Make sure the top of the screen is level with the eyebrows and the chair is titled slightly forward, allowing for the knees to be lower than the hips and the feet to be flat on the floor. Using a laptop or tablet away from a desk will encourage poor posture, so limit time spent in this way.

  • Take regular breaks: Don't sit for more than 20-30 minutes at a time - stand up to stretch, change position and walk around a little. If you struggle to get away then take time to gently massage the back of your head and neck as you relax your stomach region with slow easy breathing. This will help to improve posture and reduce back pain by promoting balance, strength and flexibility in the spine.

  • Drink Up! Try drinking water instead of tea or coffee; it will be healthier and keep your body hydrated.

 

For more information on how to maintain a healthy posture and help keep neck and back pain at bay, the British Chiropractic Association has developed ‘Straighten Up’ - a simple, three minute exercise programme for all ages, designed to help strengthen the spine and improve posture and help joints. To watch a video of the exercises you can do, please visit: www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk and search for Straighten Up UK

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