As office workers and hobbyists spend countless hours sitting at their desks in front of computer screens, their risk of developing “computer body” increases. The typical poses adopted by these desk workers shows them with shoulders rounded forward, chins stuck out, and upper backs hunched over. By spending hours frozen in this position, desk dwellers with poor posture develop elongated back muscles that become locked in a lengthened position; meanwhile their pectoral muscles, abdominals, and the front of their hips actually shorten. In addition, the composition of their muscle tissue changes in ways that make their muscles stiffer.
To avoid the consequent back and neck pain, desk workers should consult with a chiropractor, who can break the poor-posture cycle. If you have a spine condition, try to be aware of your posture, and make good posture part of your normal routine.
At Family Practice of Chiropractic, we are committed to teaching a way of life that focuses on preventing health problems. Please call 617.472.4220 to schedule an appointment. We’re located at 112 McGrath Hwy., Quincy. We offer computerized spinal scans, and we are able to adjust patients sitting, standing, or lying down to accommodate any level of discomfort.
P.S. Once the chiropractor has brought the body back into proper alignment, desk workers are advised to take frequent breaks from their work in order to stretch.
For Your Health,
Dr. Gabrielle Freedman