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How a Woman's Body Shape Affects Back Pain

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Your body shape determines how you carry your weight

Most women fit into four primary body shapes:

  • Apple: triangle downwards, with weight accumulation primarily in the lower abdomen
  • Pear: triangle upwards, weight accumulation primarily in the hips and thighs
  • Banana: straight/rectangular, weight accumulation in the butt and abdomen
  • Hourglass: triangles opposing and facing inwards, fat stored in the backs of the arms and inner thighs

These generalized shapes refer to your skeletal structure, and they are important because they determine where weight, from both muscle and fat, will be distributed throughout your body. Understanding your body shape is essential to understanding the way you carry your weight which has important implications in back pain. 

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Your Commute Represents a Choice For Your Back Pain

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How much of your life do you spend in transit?

The average resident of Sacramento spends 26 minutes commuting each direction and that number is growing each year.  When you break it down, the statistics can be dire for your spine. This “average commute,” represents 52 minutes of additional seated time per day. It is unlikely that your car seat was designed with your specific spine in mind, which means that your commuting ergonomics are less than perfect. If you notice additional back pain or discomfort during your daily drive, take a look at our tips for making the commute a bit easier on your spine. 

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Avoiding Overuse Injuries in the Workplace

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Overuse injuries are, by their very nature, nasty

The causes of overuse injuries are insidious- you spend so much subconscious time performing the same activity and you simply can’t feel the micro-traumas that occuring until they one day reach a breaking point. Today, some of the most common overuse injuries occur in the workplace which has led to the alternative term: work-related musculoskeletal disorders

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When it Comes to Losing Weight, Chiropractic is Your Best Teammate

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A healthy weight makes for a healthy spine

Determining, and setting a course to maintain, your target weight should be a health priority for all adults. If you look at it from a spinal perspective, keeping off the extra pounds is essential. Every pound over your target weight represents an unsupportable burden for your spine; these pounds increases the compressive factor on your spine, and contribute to spinal degeneration that results in conditions like herniated discs and sciatica. Of course, the easiest way to maintain your target weight is through a strategic combination of nutrition and exercise, but chiropractic adds an augment to this system. How can chiropractic make maintaining a healthy weight easier? Read on to find out. 

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The Best Exercise for Chronic Sitters

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The most important risk factors for chronic sitters

Modern life is a seated affair: we sit to commute, to work, to relax and, increasingly, to recreate. We pass time seated flicking through our phones, eating meals with our friends and binge-watching Netflix series. The primary seated activities of reading, or simply watching television, have taken a back seat to the proliferation of devices that now occupy our hands and minds. What is the problem, you ask? Sitting is the worst position for the human spine- it places exponentially more downward pressure on your vertebrae than standing or lying down. And very few of us are conscious about our posture while we sit, meaning that the ill-effect is amplified that much more. There should be no equivocation: as a society, we are feeling the effects of all this sitting earlier and harder than ever before. So what should we do about all this sitting? 

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