Sometimes we run into work sessions that seem endless. Deadlines build and projects loom. Of course, we push ahead and do what it takes to make everything happen. But later, as we unwind, neck kinks or nagging back pain may still be there.
Some reports say almost 90% of office workers have musculoskeletal pain, that shows up in the back, neck, shoulders, wrists or knees.
Often times, this type of pain just seems to go with work overload, and nothing much is done. A hot shower, relaxing evening at home, or some time off may temporarily smooth everything out. But then when we are back at work, the pain reappears.
Finding out exactly what is triggering the pain and putting some preventative measures in place can reduce your risk for more serious injury.
Your chiropractor can help relieve carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain and neck disorders linked to working conditions. He can also help you evaluate your work situation and develop a plan for keeping your spine healthy.
In a recent study of office workers, neck pain was the most common problem with lower back pain coming in second. The workers also reported knee and shoulder problems, wrist, and shoulder pain.
Stress is a frequent trigger for overloaded workers. Poor posture, inadequate work stations and previous injuries can also be involved, along with long hours hunched over computer screens.
Does this seem familiar? When you sit at a keyboard for long periods of time, you are not using your body core or your legs. Your upper body is carrying all of the load, pulling your shoulder blades up and apart in an unnatural position. When you stay in that position for long periods of time, muscular weakness and upper neck and back pain can easily set in. Forgetting to stop and stretch and take breaks adds to the problem.
Also, getting enough exercise every day and allowing time in your life for days off, hobbies and other activities is needed to help break the cycle.
Don’t wait for stronger pain signals. See your chiropractor when pain persists and get the relief you need. He or she can help you develop a a plan for keeping your spine healthy, creating better working conditions, good posture habits, and regular work day breaks.
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