Today I’m going to go over with you five chiropractic tips for people who sit at a desk all day.
Tip #1 – Stretching Exercises
So tip number one is to put a page of stretching exercises at your desk. Now we have a packet of stretches that we could send you. All you have to do is contact the office. And this is a page, front and back, of various, real easy stretches, to help get rid of some of the tension that builds up in the muscle as you sit at your desk.
So moving and stretching the muscle actually helps to move and stretch the joints, which helps to get rid of some of the stress that is accumulated in your body by no movement. So computer and desk stretches would be a really good thing to have at your desk.
Tip #2 – Move From Your Desk Every Hour
So tip number two is to get up from your desk every hour. You could get up from your desk every hour and do some of those stretches. You could actually walk to the drinking fountain. You could go to the bathroom, or you could deliver some of the papers that have accumulated on your desk that need to be distributed to other people in the office. But the main thing is to get up from your desk every hour and do something; get some movement going in the muscles.
Tip #3 – Workstation Ergonomics
Tip number three is to check your workstation ergonomics. Now ergo is a word that means “work,” and nomics or economics, is “efficiency, or using something efficiently”. So ergonomics actually means setting up your work area efficiently. And there’s actually a definition that I want to read to you regarding ergonomics. And this is from The American Heritage College Dictionary (3rd ed.): “The applied science of equipment design intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.”
So by setting up your workstation ergonomics, you’re going to actually be more productive. You want to have that computer screen set at a good level so that you’re looking at it straight on. If it’s to the side, you want to move it in front of you. Some of you have two screens, or in some cases actually have three screens. So if you’re moving from screen to screen, you want to turn your chair a little bit instead of turning your body. If you have a screen on your left and you’re looking over on your left, then move to the right screen a little bit, and actually move your neck. You don’t want to get stuck in positions for hours where you are just looking in one direction.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had patients come in, who have neck pain, and they tell me that their ergonomics are such that they’re always looking to their left, or they’re always looking to their right on the computer screen. Or they’re always looking down. Some people who are working with a laptop, which really puts a lot of strain on your neck. So you want to really position your materials so that you can be comfortable and efficient. And that is workstation ergonomics.
Tip #4 – Cut Out Snacks
Now the fourth tip is to cut out the snacks. Snacks mean an equal weight gain. Many times, the snacks that people eat are also carbohydrate-type snacks which can create some, of course, weight gain and joint stiffness. If you get up from your desk and you’re feeling a lot of joint stiffness, it may be due to eating too many snacks. In this case, I really think that you should just cut out the snacks and drink water.
You can also get some good teas, like our Total Tea. It’s an energy tea that helps to naturally help your body with energy. There’s a Total Tea detoxification that helps detoxify the body. Those teas can help relax your body and give you energy, without pumping your body up, like cups of coffee can. Now I’m a coffee drinker. I like my coffee, but I like to keep my coffee at two cups a day. And then the rest of the day, I’ll sip on some Total Tea, which really helps. You can get Total Tea here in the office, by the way. So cut out those snacks.
Tip #5 – See A Chiropractor
Tip number five is to see a chiropractor. So why should you do that? Now, chiropractic is actually the science of using hands or instruments to adjust the spine to a more normal position, allowing your body to function better.
Now, as it functions better, it also handles stress better. And actually when people get adjustments, they feel less stressed, they feel like they can sleep better, and they do sleep better. And many times, people tell me that they can concentrate better, and they can work better because their spine is actually in better alignment.
So tip number five, see your chiropractor, is a good one to help you maintain health and longevity in life and a better ability to work. It’s interesting that there were some studies done on IQ. Actually, this study that I’m thinking of was done a few years ago. And people that got regular chiropractic adjustments had a better IQ than those that didn’t. I really can’t reference that study. I don’t know where it is, but it’s probably somewhere out there on the internet. So getting chiropractic adjustments can actually help improve your IQ.
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To summarize this, you should do some stretching exercises every day. You should get up from your desk every hour. You should check your workstation ergonomics, cut out the snacks, and see your chiropractor.
So one of the things there too, that happens as you work through the day, is you get pressure built up and stress built up in your muscles. And part of helping you feel better again, is actually doing pressure point therapy. Now again, pressure points treat those stress points and pressure points in the body that build up. Especially when you have misalignments in your neck, in your lower back, or in your mid back, you’ll always get some stress points built up in your muscles. So pressure point therapy is a great way to help start to dissipate some of that stress.
Please give our office a call at (314) 635-1008. We’ll bring you in, set you up for a complimentary pressure point therapy treatment. I’ll use my thumb, or finger pressure, to treat those stress points. We look forward to helping you feel better again with chiropractic adjustments and pressure point therapy.