There is no denying that we live an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, spending hours each day sitting at desks or curled up on couches watching TV. The average Australian spends 2 hours and 25 minutes a day watching television.7 That's a long time in one position and it can be hazardous to your health.
Most of the time, when people watch TV, they are either slouching or lying in ways that put strain on their shoulders, back, or hips. Unwinding in front of the television shouldn't feel like work but it also shouldn't leave you feeling miserable the next day (which can happen if your body is not properly aligned).
Here are some things you can do to keep your spine happy while watching television:
Chiro Can Help
If you are already experiencing the side effects of poor posture and prolonged sitting (pain, headaches or stiffness), it is advisable to visit your local CAA chiropractor or other healthcare professional to see how they can help you improve your quality of life.
Your chirorpactor can provide advice on self-care, depending on your condition and its severity. Research has shown that chiropractic care can help patients who sufer with back pain. In fact, a systematic review of articles published between 2009 and 2014 concluded that "the evidence supports that doctors of chiropractic are well-suited to diagnose, treat, co-manage, and manage the treament of patients with low back pain disorders".8
7. Digital in 2017:ANZ and Pacific, 2017, We are Social & Hootsuite
8. Globe G et al, 2015, Clinical Practice Guideline: Chiropractic Care
for Low Back Pain