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Tips for Healthier Living

Sitting

Posted by Dr. Dawn Bortoluzzi B.Sc, D.C. on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

Make sure you have a chair that is supportive. When you are forced to sit for a long period of time, for instance at a desk job, make sure to get up and stretch every 20 minutes. Sit with your back against the chair, feet firmly on the floor. Do not cross your legs.

Resting or Sleeping

Posted by Dr. Dawn Bortoluzzi B.Sc, D.C. on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

Straining your neck or back while you're sleeping is a very common occurrence. We often fall asleep in strange positions where we are not supported properly or our necks are at an odd angle. Make sure that if you are going to nap or watch tv in bed, that you are in a supportive position.

Overall Physical Activity

Posted by Dr. Dawn Bortoluzzi B.Sc, D.C. on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

If you know that you are going to be working or playing for a while, make sure that you are adequately stretched out and warmed up. Even if it's something light like gardening or just pushing your child on a bike, it's easy to pull something if you're not warmed up.

Lifting

Posted by Dr. Dawn Bortoluzzi B.Sc, D.C. on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

Lifting objects is one of the most common ways to injure yourself. Even if it is a light object, twisting or pulling in the wrong direction when you're not stretched out can have a damaging effect on muscles and the spine. You always want to bend at the knees and avoid lifting anything you know is too heavy.