Archive for April, 2012
As a Portland Chiropractor I committed to assisting as many individuals as I can, including my many patients, to strengthen their back muscles in addition to improving their overall balance and well-being. Because, let’s face it, pain in the back isn’t “normal.” Your body is innately designed to move–stride, stroll, and frolic. You are even “structurally” designed to do certain tasks easily. But, these days, many of us require our body to function in ways that are harmful to our overall well-being and commonly generate pain, especially back pain. For example, as a result of the work that a lot of us do, we frequently find that we are sitting with poor posture in one place, especially in a computer chair, for long periods of time during the day. Hm-mm, could this be you? Back pain is frequently caused by this kind of “unnatural” position. In order for you to avoid back pain, you may need to make changes in the way that you are sitting.
Sitting in an ergonomic chair is highly recommended to prevent back pain that is the result of prolonged sitting or in an improper position. This type of “posture-improving” chair can commonly help prevent back pain from occurring or in relieving existing back pain almost right away. You may be wondering why. The answer is that an ergonomic chair puts your spine into proper alignment. Of course, this type of chair tends to be rather expensive. So, you might want to consider making a chair of your own using a Pilates ball. This sort of chair will generally cost around fifteen dollars, and the ball is available at many department stores in the exercise section. A Pilates ball can do excellent things for your back!
Now, I highly suggest that you see a good chiropractor first because you need to get out of pain before you attempt to strengthen your back! Through the gentle adjustment of your spine, as an experienced Portland Chiropractor, I can help to realign areas that have been tugged and pulled, and relieve stress on muscles that have been working overtime while you’ve been working nine to five! Once you are feeling pain-free, then it’s time to do a few simply things for yourself (for your back’s sake) to stay that way!
So, let’s get back to talking about that “do-it-yourself” but “just-as-effective” posture-improving chair. Sitting on a Pilates ball whenever you’re working at the computer is an excellent way for you to get your back into shape. First of all, it forces you to sit properly and to adjust your posture so that you are not slouching and putting your spine into an unnatural curve. Secondly, it assists in building up your core as you maintain your balance on the Pilates ball throughout your work day.
As a Portland Chiropractor, I stand by this motto for better back health: “Straighten, then strengthen.” Let me help get your back in action! Call today!