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Posted on 08-11-2011

What a beautiful week this turned out to be! It's also good to see so many people coming in for an adjustment and/or massage prior to their summer trips. Looks like they're going to be comfortable throughout their trip, and who doesn't want that?

Speaking of being comfortable, here is part 2 of our 'Top Ten Wellness Tips' to ensure comfort and great health! Check these out:

6. Get a good backpack Think about your handbag, briefcase, or backpack you are carrying to and from work and school. Many students and other professionals who carry a heavy bags experience back problems after months of commuting to work or school. There are plenty of specially-designed backpacks on the market that provide additional back support. It would be a good idea to frequently go through all that you are carrying with you and determine what you actually need. Try to keep things in your car, at school, or at work.

 7. Commute posture The average American spends 30 minutes to an hour commuting to and from work each day. That's around two to five hours each work week behind the wheel or on a bus or train. Biker commutes are generally shorter but in both cases maintaining good posture-which may require a special seat or cushion-will really help your back health. If you're not sure what proper posture would look like on your bike or in your car, ask Dr. Seaman for a few tips at your next visit. We also have great back supports for your car!

 8. Talking On the Telephone If you're forced to use the telephone for a long period of time, a speaker or a headset is a must. Try to avoid cradling the phone between your neck and your shoulder as this will cause you to irritate the muscles or vertebrae in that area.

 9. Resting or Sleeping 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. This means no leaning to the side or twisting to lay on the couch and see the t.v screen. Instead of leaning, lay down. We have great leg pillows for side sleepers and great neck pillows available at our office. Ask Jillian or Dr. Seaman about yours at your next visit.

10. Visit Dr. Seaman! Last but not least, it is imperative that you develop a relationship with a great chiropractor, Dr. Cynthia Seaman. Yearly exams may help prevent severe and painful conditions from developing.

With our gentle, non-force adjustments and over 25 years of experience, we can assist you in taking the aches and pains out of your work and play. Give our office a call at 773-545-2233 today!

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