Why You May Need to See a Chiropractor If You Lead a Sedentary Lifestyle
We all know that sitting all day long is not good at all for our health. Yet, most of us do nothing to change this bad habit. Very often – especially after a long day at work – we are more comfortable with just sitting at home in front of the TV, checking Facebook, and relaxing. However, if you were more aware of all the negative health effects of a primarily sedentary lifestyle, you might be shocked.
Research shows that only 21% of adults meet the guidelines for physical activity, which means that 4 out of 5 people are not active enough! If you are also neglecting your daily needs of physical activity, you should read further.
Today, we will dive into the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle and see how a chiropractor can help decrease the negative health effects of too much sitting.
How A Sedentary Lifestyle Can Affect Your Overall Health
Most likely, when it comes to the negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle, you think about obesity. But it’s only one of the many ways that our lives can be affected by sitting all day long and not having enough physical activity. Here is a list of the possible symptoms you may experience – besides becoming overweight – if you have a sedentary lifestyle:
- Low metabolism
- Chronic pain, mostly in the area of the neck and back
- Spine-related health issues, such as a higher risk of osteoporosis, scoliosis, and spinal disc herniation
- Decreased flexibility
- Increased risk of chronic diseases (for example, diabetes, cardiovascular disease)
- Sleeping difficulty
- Decreased quality of life
- Weakened immune system
- Higher risk of breast and colon cancer
Addressing Spine-related Issues Is Crucial
Now that you understand why it is so harmful to your body to lead a sedentary lifestyle, hopefully you will remember the above-mentioned health effects the next time you are about to start binge-watching a new series on Netflix. Or at least, you will pay more attention to your posture, since sitting, standing, and lying in a poor posture is not a good idea at all, especially for a longer period.
Spine-related issues, such as spine misalignment can do a lot of harm to your overall health. To begin with, these underlying health conditions can disrupt the nerve energy flow within the body that is necessary for your basic body functions. Therefore, it can cause further health issues and significantly affect your quality of life.
Although spine misalignment is a common issue amongst people, in many cases it remains undetected. This is because this kind of diagnosis requires an examination conducted by a spine health professional. Chiropractors can assess your spine health, address even subtle changes in your spine alignment, and help negate the negative health effects of your sedentary lifestyle as well. Plus, they can holistically improve your overall health by using various treatment methods.
What You Can Do For Your Health
In addition to a sedentary lifestyle, there are many other factors that can further aggravate the above-mentioned health problems. For example, unhealthy sleep habits, too much stress, unhealthy diet, chronic pain, any kind of injury can all affect your health and exacerbate existing health conditions.
However, there is something you can do to start improving your health today. Make small changes in your lifestyle (for example, exercise more, eat healthily, spend less time sitting) that can help manage these factors and reduce the negative health effects. Although it sounds easy, sometimes you may need professional help as well. This is because guidance and accountability are important when changing habits. In this realm, a chiropractor can definitely help!
How A CBP Certified Chiropractor Can Reduce The Negative Health Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle
As we discussed above, chiropractors can effectively address any spine-related health issues and help you reduce the negative health effects of your sedentary lifestyle. Plus, there is a special branch of chiropractic care that can offer further help secondary to it’s science-based holistic approach. This specialized care is called Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). CBP certified chiropractors have a high level of expertise in treating spine issues with sustainable and non-invasive treatment options. They can also give you extensive lifestyle education so you can make changes in your life for the better. As your spine health improves and you make more and more changes in your daily routine, you will feel a significant boost in your energy and motivation. This will help you lead a more active lifestyle that can help you prevent future health issues as well.
Schedule a Consultation At a CBP Provider
If you are ready to face your sedentary lifestyle, find a CBP certified chiropractor in your area for more guidance. Dr. Cynthia Boyd and her team in Oakland and Alameda, CA at Symmetry Health Center are dedicated to improving your spine health and negate the negative health effects of your sedentary lifestyle. Get in touch with their office today and schedule a consultation to get more information about what they can do for you. One thing is certain: you will feel your absolute best soon!