Chiropractors often see the results of daily lifestyle choices played out on the body- painful backs, necks, shoulders, irregular sleeping patterns, etc. We provide help in a wide range of areas. Here are three tips from a Vancouver Chiropractor that will help keep your body operating well!
1. Sitting is the new smoking - try not to sit so much!
Extensive sitting has always been related to back pain and spinal issues but current research suggests sitting for long periods of time can be linked to heart disease. If you have a sedentary lifestyle, like so many of us, make a point of getting up and moving at least once per hour. You can also opt for a sit/stand desk. The key is to stand up as much as possible to relieve pressure on your joints.
2. Stretch it out regularly!
Prevention is key. Keeping your muscles, tendons and ligaments flexible helps avoid many common injuries and tightness. Incorporating stretching into your daily routine or as an exercise regime will help you notice less pain and stiffness. As we age, our muscles become tighter and less strong unless they are used daily. Your Vancouver Chiropractor recommends stretching your calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, chest, hips, back and neck daily. It only takes a few minutes and will notice a difference in no time.
3. Treat injuries promptly!
If you've suffered an injury, especially an injury from an auto accident - like whiplash - it's important to see your Vancouver Chiropractor quickly. An injury left untreated can lead to improper muscle function and years of discomfort. Many people end up using pain medications or having their mobility reduced as they get older because of injuries not addressed. Be sure to visit your chiropractor as soon as possible and in the meantime, apply ice to injuries to help reduce swelling. The chiropractor will help the healing process and keep your muscles and joints functioning and full capacity.
For questions or more tips, call your Vancouver chiropractor at Body in Balance Chiropractic and Wellness Center today! Call or text 360-718-2346