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The Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island (CSRI) is joining chiropractors nationwide this October during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) to encourage the public to get “active and adaptive” and maintain musculoskeletal health and function in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Since March, many people across the country have incorporated changes into their daily lives to reduce their potential exposure to the novel coronavirus: avoiding crowded public spaces, working from home, forgoing air travel for long car trips, ordering food online, and avoiding gyms and health clubs. As a result, many are moving less and experiencing musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain and headaches.

“In addition to physical inactivity and poor posture from increased screen time, the added psychological stress that people are experiencing because of the COVID-19 pandemic can make muscles tighten, leading to aches and pains,” said Dr. Michael Gottfried, a member of CSRI board of directors and a chiropractic physician at Aquidneck Chiropractic in Middletown, Rhode Island.

During NCHM, chiropractors who are members of CSRI will share information on musculoskeletal health and strategies to prevent pain such as getting enough physical activity daily, being aware of posture and ways to improve it, getting adequate rest, and managing stress naturally.   

National Chiropractic Health Month is a nationwide observance hosted by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and held each October. NCHM educates the public about the importance of musculoskeletal health and raises awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, patient-centered and drug-free approach to pain management, health, and wellness. Learn more at handsdownbetter.org/NCHM and follow the conversation in social media with the hashtag #ActiveAdaptive.

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