Friday, June 3, 2016

Sitting is killing YOU!

Headaches and Prolonged Sitting

If you’re someone that spends many hours a day seated at a desk or working on a computer, chances are you will or already do suffer from headaches.  Reason being is that sitting for prolonged periods of time produces static tension on the muscles that hold your head up.  Think of it this way: the human head weighs about the same as a bowling ball. Would you think it would be easier for you to hold a bowling ball with one arm straight OR close by your side? When you sit at a computer desk you are asking the muscles of the neck to work harder than they should. This chronic tension causes the nerves to be upset which can refer pain into the head producing headaches.  Sometimes it may even refer down into the arms causing numbness and/or tingling.  Simply put, we as humans are not designed to be sitting 8-12 hours a day in front of a computer.  So here are a few tips to help reduce this tension:
-Take frequent breaks (very important). Use a phone or watch to set an alarm once every 30 minutes.
-Drink plenty of water
-Get into a regular workout routine
-Make sure your workstation is set up ergonomically
-Get a desk that allows you to stand up or sit down and work
Those are all great tips; however chances are that if you’ve read this far you likely already suffer from headaches.  If that is the case, you should schedule an appointment for an evaluation to determine the cause and get it fixed.  Chiropractic is proven to help with the most common types of headaches.  Prevention is always best, just like making sure to receive regular chiropractic adjustments to keep your body functioning at 100%.

Yours in health,
Dr. Bryan


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