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Habits That Harm Your Joints

With life tending to pull you in different directions, it is easy to underestimate the physical influence daily tasks have on your health. Certain tasks that may seem so trivial, such as what you wear in the office each day, can have a negative impact on your joints and induce chronic pain in the long run. While chiropractors typically treat back and neck pain, small-scale activities that affect other joints can also warrant a visit to the chiropractor. Auburn Chiropractic Associates has outlined some simple yet effective everyday tasks that you can start avoiding today to kickstart your journey toward a healthier you!

1. Sedentary Lifestyle

While relaxing on the couch after a long day is sometimes necessary, spending too much time sitting down can accumulate to become a sedentary lifestyle. An inactive lifestyle can result not only from relaxation but also from prolonged sitting for an extended period. Whether it is a long commute to work or sitting at a desk for multiple hours a day, these trivial daily habits have a detrimental effect on your muscles and joints. Maintaining physical fitness throughout the day is crucial to supporting healthy joints and a happy mind. Taking a 30-minute walk or engaging in low-impact movements like yoga or Pilates during breaks throughout the day can make those long commutes and hours at the desk a little more bearable.

2. Screen Time & Tech Neck

When we are looking down at a screen, whether that be for work or personal entertainment, we are at risk of getting a “tech neck”. Tech neck, a popular term in the chiropractic world, refers to the neck and joint pain many people experience from looking at their devices for too long. Looking down or holding your neck in a certain position for a while can put stress on your neck and upper spine, straining the muscles and joints. When work demands that you look at the computer for a long time, it is important to manage screen time to minimize joint pain in the office. While a chiropractor can address these misalignments, leaving the screen to read a book, go on a walk, or talk to a coworker can be crucial to your physical and mental health.

3. Uncomfortable Footwear

In the chiropractic world, the saying “beauty is pain” is typically not worth it. From time to time, uncomfortable footwear is necessary for the office or special occasions, but when you put this strain on your feet every day, it can quickly manifest into pain in other areas, such as your spine and lower back. Therefore, it is recommended to prioritize comfort and health over fashion to avoid any potential long-term health implications, like chronic back pain. Seeing a chiropractor can help, in addition to scaling back on your uncomfortable wardrobe. Investing in a supportive shoe or a pump with a lower heel can also prevent joint pain.

4. Sleeping Positions and Mattress Quality

Not only are your sleep habits important for feeling mentally rejuvenated, but it is also important to maintain good sleeping positions and proper mattress quality when assessing your joints. Sleeping in a position that compromises joint health for 7-9 hours a night can create neck, spine, and lower back pain upon waking up. Dr. Hartford recommends sleeping on your back with a pillow underneath your knees or your side with a pillow between your knees. This takes unnecessary pressure off joints when we are asleep. Similarly, sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress can lead to joint pain. To best treat your joints overnight, it is important to invest in a quality mattress that supports your spine optimally.

5. Stress-Induced Tension

Finally, it's worth noting that stress represents a significant contributor to the onset of joint pain and arthritis. Chronic stress, whether it be from work or personal lives, sets off the immune system’s inflammatory response. This creates inflammation of your joints, causing neck, back, and various nerve pain. When your muscles are tense and the pressure on your spine is increased, you will probably benefit from chiropractic treatment. While a chiropractor can alleviate stress-related tension, it is important to engage in preventive strategies to remain healthy. At Auburn Chiropractic Associates, we teach prevention and wellness in order to promote optimal mental and physical health.

How Your Auburn Chiropractor Can Help

At Auburn Chiropractic Associates, we want the very best for you. When the mundane tasks of everyday life are causing pain and discomfort in your life, we are here to help you regain your optimal health. Our team offers extensive chiropractic services that are free from drugs and invasive procedures. We can help manage your current pain as we assist you towards a healthier future. In addition to prevention and wellness strategies, we are here to provide you with medically-approved recommendations to help you achieve a pain free life. Contact us today to learn how to live your healthiest life!

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