Back Pain in the Workplace
By Sara Butler
Work can be a real pain in the … back. Yes, work can be stressful, chaotic at times, and also leave you feeling exhausted with back and neck pain at the end of the day. Back pain in the workplace is an extremely common thing. It can be easy to just ignore it, but you shouldn’t. You need to see a chiropractor regularly in order to ensure you’re not suffering from joint restrictions and dysfunctions that can make your workday even harder to get through. It's OK to be passionate about your job, but you should be equally passionate about your health. Here’s how you can work to improve your back health when you’re on the job.
A Healthy Back in the Workplace
Back pain is the most common work-related injury. If you think you're safe from back pain because you don't do manual labor, then you’re wrong. Sitting for too many hours a day, hunched over the computer, is exactly the problem. But there are things you can do to try to reduce back pain while sitting at your desk. It’s called “workplace ergonomics” and it’s easy to make small changes that will make a big difference. You should:
- Keep things within reach – At your desk, don’t keep things you use often too far out of reach. The computer mouse should be right beside the keyboard. You should also make sure your computer monitor is set up about an arm’s length away, a couple of inches above eye level so you’re not looking down.
- Choose your chair wisely – Your office chair should be adjustable so you can rest your lower back against it easily and set it at the right height in order to keep your feet flat on the floor. The chair should also be tilted back, so you can recline slightly.
- Take frequent breaks – A deadline isn’t worth a painful back problem, so make sure you get up at least once an hour to walk around just a bit and do some light stretching. It’ll boost your circulation and take some of the pressure off your lower back. You’ll be less stressed too!
Work doesn’t have to lead to back pain. Manage your spinal health with the help of the chiropractors at The Joint -- and be sure to ask them about the easy stretches you can do at your desk to help your body to stay limber and balanced throughout the day.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.