Are you experiencing more tension in your neck and shoulders? Does your spine ache after a long day in the home office? Let’s take a look at four ways you can improve your posture and spine health while working from home.
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Take collagen supplements.
An abundant protein found throughout your body, taking collagen supplements can strengthen your bones, including your vertebrae, and improve joint health. Plus, since it stimulates cartilage growth, you will also experience reduced pain and inflammation in your spine.
As we age, bones and muscles atrophy, leading to weakness and pain. Collagen reverses all that, and there are many quality supplements available.
Exercise the right way for your age and body type.
As we grow and change over time, our bodies require different kinds of exercise for health and healing. If you overdo it, you could cause a life-long injury. On the other hand, if you underdo it you may never see the results you want.
For example, seniors may struggle with maintaining good posture and spine health. If you work from home, consider installing a walking treadmill under your desk. For people with joint pain, low-impact exercises like swimming and yoga will help you lose weight and protect bone health.
See a specialist for regular adjustments.
If your back pain is persistent, consider consulting with a chiropractic provider. Visiting a chiropractor for the first time can be intimidating, so it’s important you do your research before you go. Look for someone who specializes in people in your age range and with similar issues.
Also, be sure the chiropractor you choose is up-to-date on their continuing education credits and certifications.
Improve the ergonomics in your home office.
Working from home may not be a permanent way of life, but the COVID-19 global pandemic seems to be stretching well beyond 2020. If you experience tension in your neck and shoulders from working at your computer all day, it might be time to examine your home office ergonomics.
Make sure that your head is level when looking at your monitor and that your elbows are under your shoulders and in line with your wrists when typing. Wear a back brace or sit on a core-strengthening chair while working. Every 20 minutes, take a stretching break by getting up, moving around, and looking at something at least 20 feet away. Both your aching back and your strained eyes will thank you.
When it comes to spine health, you are never too young or too old to seek relief. There’s no magic pill that automatically leads to true and lasting spine health. You will have to make some lifestyle changes in addition to other pain management measures. Talk to your doctor, chiropractor, and fitness coach to discover new and cutting-edge ways to improve posture.