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Grand Rapids Chiropractor | Grand Rapids chiropractic care | MI | Wellness Tips

Daniel G. Van Gessel, DC, CCSP

Adam T. Van Gessel, DC


(616) 363-7713

Wellness Tips




Activities of daily living can end up causing harm to the body if not performed correctly. It is important to be sure to do these simple activities appropriately to maintain wellness:  


If you know that you are going to be standing for a long period of time, make sure that you wear comfortable shoes with adequate arch support. Your feet are the foundation of your body while upright, treat them well!

Working at a Desk

Ideally, getting up every 20 minutes to move and stretch is recommended. The type of chair you have is extremely important. It should fit you correctly so that your back touches the chair and your feet touching the floor with knees at a 90 degree angle. Try to avoid looking down at your computer screen. It should be at eye level.


Make sure you have a chair that is supportive. When you are forced to sit for a long period of time, for instance at a desk job, make sure to get up and stretch every 20 minutes. Sit with your back against the chair, feet firmly on the floor. Do not cross your legs.


Lifting objects is one of the most common ways to injure your low back. Regardless of the weight of the object, twisting or pulling in the wrong direction when you're not stretched out can have a damaging effect on muscles and the spine. Be sure to squat and lift with your legs instead of bending at the waist to lift from your back.

Overall Physical Activity

Even if the physical activity is not overly strenuous, be sure to give your muscles a chance to warm up. This is a quick and preventative measure to help keep from stressing or straining the body.

Talking on the Telephone

If you're forced to use the telephone for a long period of time, using a speaker or a headset can help to prevent injury or stress to the neck. Try to avoid cradling the phone between your neck and your shoulder as this could cause you to damage the muscles or vertebrae in that area.

Resting or Sleeping

Poor sleeping posture causes stress to the neck and back. Ideally, sleeping on your back or on your side with a pillow between your knees offers the most support to your neck and spine. A medium firm mattress and a firm pillow assist the body in keeping the spine in a neutral position.  


Grand Rapids Chiropractor | Wellness Tips. Dr. Daniel Van gessel is a Grand Rapids Chiropractor.