The Surprising Ways Tight Hips can Ruin Your Posture and Cause Back Pain

The hip flexors consist of a group of muscles which have a significant impact on our daily movements and play an essential role in in our functional tasks. The hip flexors connect the lower body. Specifically, they are a group of five muscles that connect the femur to the pelvis and move in over of two ways. [1] Maintaining a seated position for a long period of time tends to cause tight hip flexors. When you keep your hip flexors in a flexed position for long periods of time during the day, this will lead to loss of their flexibility. [2] Tight hip flexors can lead to a number of physical deficits you may not realize.  In fact, tight hips may be ruining your posture and causing back pain.  Many people who present with poor posture often associate more of their upper body to be contributing to the way they slouch. However, poor posture actually stems from your lower body and can be linked to tight hips.  Here are the surprising ways tight hips can ruin your posture:

4 Easy Ways to Remember To Sit Up Straight

Working the nine to five, many of us spend the majority of the day trapped behind a desk and staring at a computer. That’s about forty hours a week sitting, and without the proper posture, it can cause major back pain. Problem is, between meetings, deadlines, and endless emails, sitting up straight isn’t the first thing on many of our minds during the workday. These four tips will help you remember to readjust and realign your spine, so when it’s finally time to go home your back and neck won’t be aching.

Invigorating Stretches to get you through your Midday Slump

Who doesn’t feel tired after lunch at work? Brain fog and lethargy in the afternoon are common problems many people face in the workplace or even at home. While an afternoon cup of coffee may pick you right up, there are natural alternatives that can be just as invigorating- and they don’t have any side effects! Next time you feel sluggish midday, try stretching your body instead and notice how it makes you feel. Here are some you can try today:

20 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy This Thanksgiving

This article was published on The Greatist. You can view the original here.

Here’s some serious food for thought: People probably consume 3,000 to 5,000 calories around the Thanksgiving table. Yikes. While eating often takes center stage during the holidays, that doesn’t we have to give up on good health. Check out these tips for a fit and healthy holiday, without sacrificing any flavor or fun.

Is Your Cell Phone Killing Your Back?

This article was originally published on Spineuniverse.com by Joshua M. Ammerman, MD

Millions of people do it throughout the day and are totally unaware that cell phone use can be detrimental to the back. Did you know that cell phone use can double or triple the weight of your head and can strain your neck? If you are reading this article on a cell phone or tablet, you are probably doing it right now: Tilting your head forward and down in order to look at your device.

The Fundamental Importance of Good Posture

Guest post by Dr. Tim Errington, Chiropractor, Author, Speaker. He currently practices at Total Health Chiropractic, Singapore.

When most of us consider health and the things that keep us healthy, few will put posture anywhere near the top of the list. It remains probably the most underrated and underreported cause of failing health. This is indeed unfortunate because if you think about it, you have never seen anyone with poor posture radiating health and vitality. The harsh reality is there for anyone to see – lose your posture and you lose your health. All those years of our parents telling us to sit up straight and not slouch, was indeed very, very good advice.

5 Tips For a More Productive Day

Summer has officially come to an end, and for many of us that means changes to our daily routines. The beginning of Autumn means back to school, shorter days and chilly temperatures. Even if you’re not setting an earlier alarm to get the kids up and ready for school, seasonal changes can take a toll on energy and productivity.

To avoid seasonal slumps, check out our top tips for having your best mornings and most productive days. 

Easy Tips to Get Active During the Workday

It’s no secret that the path to better health is through eating right and staying active. But how exactly are you supposed to stay active outside the gym if you’re stuck at the office all day? This can prove to be challenging, but fortunately, it’s not impossible. In this guest blog, professional Netwalker and movement advocate, Jessica Tunon, shares her top tips to staying active during the workday.

Back Health for Students: 3 Tips to Keep You Standing Tall on Campus

If you’ve ever been a student , chances are you’ve dealt with back, neck and shoulder pain that comes with lugging around heavy books, laptops and other necessities. Starting from an early age, students are made to carry potentially harmful amounts of weight in their backpacks. An amount of weight that unfortunately tends to increase as we move from grade to grade. 

How to Counteract the Negative Effects of Sitting

Prolonged sitting can have a dramatic impact on your health. Lack of movement has been linked to chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, weight gain and more. It’s no wonder that sitting has been dubbed the new smoking!  As more people find themselves working behind a computer, it’s not uncommon for most of us to sit between 12 -15 hours per day (including hours spent in the car and time hanging out on the couch after work). Factor in 8 hours of sleep (if you’re lucky), and you’re looking at a measly 1-4 hours of movement per day. If that doesn’t scream health crisis, I don’t know what does.

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