Never Too Late to Embrace Workplace Health and Efficiency
By Sara Butler
Can you believe we’re a month past Labor Day? The first Monday in September marked more than just an end to matching white shoes with anything in your wardrobe. It was a celebration of the American labor movement and the contributions it made to our country. So to honor Labor Day, I’ve been working on this column for the last 3 1/2 weeks.
If you’re one of the more than 125 million people in the United States who work full time, you know how grueling your work week can be. If you count yourself among the many who have an office job, there are special considerations you should be aware of that can help you protect your spine health as well as your overall health -- and chiropractic care plays a big part in it!
Your Desk Job and Your Health
It’s no surprise to the chiropractors at The Joint that every year more office workers find their way onto the chiropractic treatment table. The workplace has transformed over the years and is now information based, and that usually translates to you sitting at a desk working on a computer for hours on end. How does this impact your health? Well, there are several ways, including:
- Poor posture
- Increased stress
- Repetitive injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Back and neck pain
These health issues are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ways your office work can have a negative impact on your health. This is why it’s so important to take charge of your health and be proactive by seeking chiropractic care.
Problems with Posture
You may be surprised by just how much your posture can impact your overall health. Let’s face it -- you’re probably sitting at a computer right now with rounded shoulders reading this! I’m going to channel your grandmother right now and yell it like you remember it: “Sit up straight!”
A majority of the problems chiropractors see office workers for are directly related to poor posture. Sitting for long periods can be detrimental to your musculoskeletal system, and when you throw in computer workstations, tablets, keyboards and smartphones, you’re just compounding the problem. Your body was not designed to be sedentary for such long stretches in unnatural postures, and the stresses placed on your spine by sitting lead to misalignments in your spine and the rest of your body -- misalignments that will eventually lead to aches and pains and much larger problems.
What Poor Desk Posture Can Do
So, what conditions can be linked to poor posture at your desk? A few of them may surprise you! You can experience:
- Neck pain
- Tingling of the fingers, legs or arms
- Sinus pain and pressure
- Frozen shoulder
- Tightness in the upper back
- Tight hip muscles
- Low back pain
Many people don’t make the connection between the symptoms they may be experiencing and their posture while at work, but guess who’s an expert at making those connections? Your chiropractor!!! That’s one of the many reasons it’s so important to seek regular chiropractic care.
In fact, some studies have found workers who deal with back and neck pain can increase their productivity at work through a combination of chiropractic care and improved workstation ergonomics. It’s about more than just how you feel, it can have an impact on how you perform too -- it’s a win-win!
No matter how you celebrated Labor Day (I’m a big fan of the barbecue grill), resolve to celebrate the beginning of a better life. It’s never too late -- or too early -- to drop in at The Joint Chiropractic and go to work on taking control of your health and living life as if every day was a holiday.