Celebrating National Chiropractic Health Month

October is National Chiropractic Health Month in the US and this year’s theme is “Active and Adaptive”. The “Active and Adaptive” theme focuses on naturally adapting to and dealing with the uncertain times we are all currently experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is National Chiropractic Health Month?

National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) is a nationwide observance held each October. The event helps to raise public awareness of the importance of musculoskeletal health and the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered and drug-free approach to health and wellness.

The American Chiropractic Association

National Chiropractic Health Month logo

Active and Adaptive

The COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to have a deep impact on the ways in which we go about our daily lives. Gyms and athletic centers have remained closed or opened at minimum capacities. Many social gatherings have metamorphized into video chats via Zoom or FaceTime. Countless homes have become impromptu office spaces. The fact that self-quarantine and social distancing have become two of the most commonly used phrases this year says a lot about how different these times truly are.

But instead of dwelling on what we cannot do, let’s focus on what we have the power to do. Even during this new normal, there are plenty of things we can do to keep healthy and maintain or boost overall well-being.

Adapting at Home

As we previously mentioned, many people have been spending a lot more time at home to keep safe during this public health crisis. If you are one of the millions of Americans working from home, there are effective steps you can take to optimize your physical health.

Bad posture while sitting

Practicing Proper Posture

When working from home, many people find themselves on their couches, propped up by a pillow or two with a laptop nested onto their laps. Although this may sound comfortable, positions similar to this may cause back and/or neck pain. Practicing proper posture can greatly reduce the risk of experiencing headaches, shoulder pain, muscle aches, and many other symptoms. When seated, be sure to rest your feet on the floor with your knees and hips bent at around a 90-degree angle. Your hips should also be touching the back of the chair, keeping your breastbone raised and shoulder blades facing inward. And don’t forget to take a break every once in a while by standing up and taking a walk.

Keeping Active

Even if your gym is closed, there are many ways to stay active and boost your physical fitness. As long as you are practicing social distancing, you can still take a hike, go for a quick run outside, or participate in numerous other outdoor aerobic activities. Just be sure to properly stretch before and after to help prevent injuries. At Merckling Family Chiropractic, we can work with you to develop a personalized therapeutic exercise regimen, increasing your strength while protecting you against injury.

Adapting Safely and Naturally

Chiropractic therapy is a safe, natural way to prevent and alleviate pain, giving you the ability to live your life to the fullest. Contact us today or schedule an appointment to experience its benefits firsthand.

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