We have been providing posture related chiropractic treatment in San Francisco for over 23 years.
The majority of the patients we treat in downtown San Francisco spend most of their day sitting in front of a computer. This is after having already spent most of their lives sitting at a desk in school. It’s just the way it is.
Now this is all well and good if something is being done to counteract the negative effects of sitting all day. Because we are living organisms, we adapt to our external environment. If the external environment is sitting in front of a computer, than our body’s will adapt to this.
Office workers over time tend to develop a forward head posture (FHP) and a rounded upper back. The shoulders also roll forward.
This is bad news because this posture puts more stress on the bones in the neck and upper back than they were designed to resist. This causes them to degenerate and become unstable. Because of this, the neck and upper back muscles have to work harder which can lead to all sorts of physical problems such as headaches, neck pain, upper back pain, shoulder and arm pain, and insomnia.
As time goes on the condition can become worse leading to chronic pain and disability.
In addition, there have been numerous studies over the past several years that show people that sit most of the day have a higher risk of obesity, heart disease, cancer, and early death.
Great…so what can you do about it?
Well, the way we see it is that by design we need to be getting a lot of exercise…life is motion. So the solution is simple…increase physical activity…a lot. Walk more, take stairs, take breaks and walk around. Heck…you can even get a life cycle or exercise bike at your desk or workstation. Go on a walk when you get home, before work, whatever…just start moving around a lot more than you do.
As far as the poor posture goes…well, that’s where chiropractic comes into play. We are the posture experts. We can help correct your forward head posture (FHP) as well and any other parts of your spine or body that are out of normal alignment and position. We can help you adjust your workstation, sleeping positions, workouts, and exercise patterns so that you have a way to counteract the negative effects of sitting all day.
What you eat and drink plays a big role as well. Your chiropractor can help you here too.
Your chiropractor is your One Stop Posture Shop.
Yes, sitting is bad news and the news seems to get worse. But the solution is right there before you. The ball is in your court. You don’t need to be a statistic. Take action now…pick-up the phone and call your chiropractor!
To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors please call 415-392-2225.