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Keep Your Workplace From Hurting Your Back

Surely you have experienced back pain at some point in your life. Maybe it was concentrated in the upper part of your body, or maybe it was felt more in the lower back area of your body. Maybe it was caused by an injury or a sudden movement such as whiplash from a car accident, or maybe it was the result of a long period of wear and tear on the same area of the body over a prolonged period of time.

Back pain is one of the most common causes of pain related conditions in the nation today, and that is no doubt due to the fact that back pain can be caused by so many vastly different, yet equally impactful, causes and issues. It may come across as surprising, but it is in fact true that many people end up experiencing back pain as a direct result of having poor ergonomics in the workplace.

Considering that the vast majority of us spend so much time in our work stations each and every day, five days a week, it shouldn't come across as too terribly surprising to learn about why a poorly equipped work station can lead to such negative impacts and results on a person's overall physical health and well being. I recently came across a very informative and truly helpful article post by Care 2 that discussed the nature of back pain caused by a poor work environment, and more importantly, how a person can prevent this issue from occuring in the first place. Here is what I learned from the helpful article post.

One of the most important things you can do for yourself in order to ensure that your workspace is not contributing to any sort of back issues, pain, or stiffness, is to make it stable and comfortable to your body's proportions. You may want to use a standing desk in order to prevent yourself from sitting in an improper posture. If you must use a chair, be sure that your feet can easily touch the ground while you are fully seated, and also be sure to give yourself lumbar support by placing a small pillow or even a rolled up towel between your lower back and the back of the seat. 

Finally, studies have shown that workers who take the time to see a doctor of chiropractic on a regular basis for adjustments are less likely to experience back pain. 

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