A chiropractor can turn a painful, out-of-alignment back into one that maintains the natural curvature and doesn't cause pain — but to get the best results from your sessions, you'll need to be mindful about the positions in which you place your back during everyday life. While proper posture is important when you stand, it's absolutely imperative to sit in a healthy position. This is especially necessary if you find yourself sitting for long stretches of time during the day. Here are three common seating scenarios and how you should make sure you're sitting.
On The Couch
If you're an avid TV watcher, you'll often find yourself spending a couple hours on the couch before bed. Resist the urge to snuggle up in a comfortable position; while appealing, this posture isn't necessarily conducive to the health of your back and may undo the positive progress made during your chiropractic adjustments. Sit in an upright position with your back against the back support of the couch. If the couch is soft rather than firm, it might not be adequately supporting your lower back. Place a folded blanket or thin pillow against your lower back to provide some support and keep you from slouching. If you can't maintain this health position on your couch, consider using a firm chair that has back support.
In The Car
Traveling to and from work, especially if you're in the car for long stretches, can be detrimental to your recently adjusted back unless you take the correct safety precautions. Slide your seat forward or backward so that you can reach the steering wheel with your arms in a natural, comfortable position. Too much straining in this regard can stress your shoulders and upper back muscles. If your seat has a lumbar support knob, turn it to properly support your lower back. Finally, try to keep your shoulders back and avoid allowing them to slouch forward as you drive.
The hour or so you spend sitting in church one or more times per week can support the positive progress you've made with your chiropractor, but only if you're careful. Try to keep your feet flat on the floor instead of stretched out under the pew in front of you; outstretched legs can often lead to slouching over the lower back. If the pew doesn't support your lower back, don't be embarrassed about carrying a small pillow or folded blanket with you. Positioned between your lower back and the back of the pew, it should provide gentle support to help you maintain a natural position. Contact a business, such as Health Atlast Fountain Valley, for more information.