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Good habits for your spinal health

Are you feeling a bit uncomfortable and not sure why? Now is the time to reassess what your recent habits have been like, a couple of weeks into the new year. New Year, new me, right? Lets ensure you are continuing on the right path.

Often people take time off during the Christmas / New Year period, so the routine they had throughout the previous year has changed to accomodate a more relaxed lifestyle. We're all for rest, and if you managed to get time to recharge your batteries over the holiday season, well done! When we return to work, it's important to re-introduce the good habits to support your spinal health.

  • Ergonomic Setup: Ensure that your workstation is ergonomically friendly. Your chair, desk, and computer monitor should be at the right height to promote good posture:

    • Sitting Posture: Be conscious of your posture while sitting. Keep your shoulders relaxed, and your spine in a natural, comfortable position.

    • Proper Chair Support: Choose a chair that provides proper lumbar support. Your lower back should be supported, and your feet should be flat on the floor.

    • Correct Monitor Position: Position your computer monitor at eye level to avoid straining your neck and upper back. This helps in maintaining a neutral spine position.

  • Regular Breaks: Take short breaks every 30 minutes. Stand up, stretch, and move around to prevent stiffness and improve circulation.

  • Stretching Exercises: Incorporate simple stretching exercises into your routine. Neck tilts, shoulder rolls, and seated twists can help relieve tension.

  • Hydration and Nutrition: Stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet. Proper nutrition contributes to the health of your spine and surrounding muscles.

  • Strengthen Core Muscles: Engage in exercises that strengthen your core muscles. A strong core provides support to your spine.

  • Time for an Adjustment: With all the out of the ordinary things we get up to over the festive period, sometimes our body lets us know its time to get checked. We're here if you need us.

Remember, these tips are general suggestions, and it's always a good idea to consult with Dr. Stephen Dominguez at Alice Springs Chiropractic for personalised advice, especially if you have specific concerns or conditions. Tailored recommendations can make a significant difference in your spinal health. If you have any questions or need further guidance, feel free to reach out.


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