Chiropractic health month is especially important this year! The theme for this year is, “Active and Adaptive” which is meant to showcase how people are adjusting to the new normal of a pandemic while still staying active and being the best version of themselves.
Maintaining musculoskeletal health during this time is an important part of that new normal. If your body doesn’t work the way it should, you’ll be unable to enjoy any kind of exercise—even if the safest exercise is a treadmill in your own home gym right now. Chiropractic Health Month is a great reminder.
The truth is, many people are moving less and doing less during this time. This is mostly out of safety. Many gyms are outright closed, and when parks or hiking trails are open, they are often crowded. It’s getting risky to exercise these days, but not exercising has risks of its own.
As you move less, you may also hurt more. Sitting in a chair for long periods of time can be bad for your back and other joints, and lack of exercise can make old pains flair up.
If you’re experiencing pain from being in the car more and moving around less, here are a few tips for how you can stay “Active and Adaptive” during this time.
One of the easiest things you can do to help yourself in this age of working from home and spending long hours sitting down is to simply stand up. Make a point of getting up and walking around at least once every hour. If you are stuck in your car for long periods of time, consider stopping at rest stops or empty parking lots to get up and stretch.
Get outside and exercise whenever you can. Even if you have to exercise at odd hours or in your own backyard to get fresh air, simply taking a walk or spending time outdoors can greatly benefit your health. Spending time in nature is good for both your body and your mind, making it an ideal way to destress after a long day.
How you sit and walk around can make a difference too. If you’re slouching in your chair or sitting at an angle, you may be putting more force on your skeleton than necessary. This can lead to more pain than you would normally experience. Make a point of checking your posture regularly, and adjusting yourself for good posture throughout the day.
It’s natural and normal to want to avoid the doctor’s office right now, but opioids as a quick fix to pain are a dangerous solution. The opioid crisis hasn’t disappeared, even though it has been pushed out of media sight due to the pandemic, politics, and multiple natural disasters taking center stage.
Addiction to pain medication can happen to anyone, so it’s better to avoid that situation if at all possible. Your Chiropractor should be able to help keep you safe during the pandemic, and can make recommendations to help make things easier. Learn more about Chiropractic Health Month and how you can benefit!
For more information, reach out to All Health Chiropractic today. We have 2 convenient Cleveland area offices to serve you.