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Health and Fitness: If Your Spine Could Talk


By Dr. Leo McCormick, Special to the Tri County Record, For Journal Register News Service

Thursday, January 10, 2013

We sit for long hours of the day. As we sit, the back, spine, and neck can all become compromised from poor posture.
An MSNBC article states, “When strain is placed on the spine, the spinal disks start to move and misalign.” Imagine a strained spine for eight hours a day – the effects can be detrimental on the body. The head and neck bend forward to the computer, the eyes squint, and the spine arches forward – leaving us in pain at the end of the day.
Adding an uneven foundation into the mix, such as a large leather wallet in the back pants pocket can cause sciatica or potentially a herniated disc. Sciatica is a common ailment that causes sharp low back pain into a leg and frequently causes employees to stay home with debilitating pain. With time, poor posture from sitting will disrupt the parts of the musculoskeletal system, leaving the body to tell you its pain and anguish.
If your spine could speak with words, it would caution against overly leaning forward at your desk while staring at a computer; remind you to remove your wallet from your back pocket whenever at work, or in the car; advise you to get up every hour from sitting and stretch or go for a walk and give your eyes a rest from the screen even if for just a few minutes; suggest exercising the body’s core muscles group since strong core muscles can help prevent our bodies from developing poor posture; and see a chiropractor to realign the spine to its best position.
Unfortunately, the spine cannot actually talk. So, it is up to you to take steps toward avoiding improper posture at all times. It is important to visit a chiropractor regularly, as their expertise of spinal and musculoskeletal health can help you stay out of harm’s way. Don’t wait to hear from your spine about the complications of low back pain. Be proactive! Give us a call!
McCormick Chiropractic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal issues. They have offices in Elverson (610-286-7000) and Pottstown (610-705-0201).
Disclaimer – McCormick Chiropractic advertises with Journal Register Co. publications.
Goudarzi, Sara. (November 11, 2006). To ease back pain, don’t sit up straight. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15939377/ns/health-health_care/t/ease-back-pain-dont-sit-straight/#.T-IxJPGoqGp