If you are like most people, you more than likely spend a large portion of your day each day during the work week sitting in an office, at a desk, in front of a computer. You may also share another common similarity with many other people in that you experience some form of aches, pain, or discomfort in your upper or lower back.
Back pain has consistently been cited as one of the top reasons why people choose to make appointments with their doctors and healthcare professionals, and given the way that so many of us live out our daily lives, this sadly really isn’t all that surprising. In particular, the postures we fall into during the work week can often have a very noticeable and negative effect on the overall health of our back, joints, and spinal column.
It is good to know about this insidious health issue earlier on, before it leads to severe chronic back pain, so that you can take the necessary steps that are needed now to avoid these health issues later on. While chiropractic care is one of the absolute best things that virtually anyone can do to keep their back and spine in tip top shape, it turns out that there actually are some pretty simple ways to improve back health and reduce back pain at home and in your everyday life in between chiropractic sessions.
I recently came across a very helpful and informative article post by Spine Health that offers up some great advice on this very issue; in particular, the article taught me about one incredibly simple stretch that can be performed in order to keep the back and spine in good working order throughout the day, especially on those days when we spend a long period of time sitting down in one position.
This useful stretch is known as the Reverse Arch Stretch, and it can really do wonders to keep you going through a long work day. Sitting in your regular office chair, start by moving to the front of the chair and interlock your fingers behind your back, so that your palms are touching each other. From here, inhale deeply and allow the shoulders to fall backwards gently, which will also encourage the head to do the same thing. In this arched position, exhale slowly. After a few repetitions, be sure to really take your time as you release your hands and back out of the position.
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