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Chiropractic Care and Loading Dock Workers

By Paul Rothbart

When it comes to tough, physical jobs that are performed in potentially dangerous environments, working on a loading dock is near the top of the list. Heavy crates and pallets stacked high with freight, moving in and out of trucks and warehouses using powered pallet jacks and forklifts can make for a hazardous place to earn a living. There are many kinds of injuries common to loading dock workers and their occupation places great stress on various parts of the body. If there is an occupation that should consider chiropractic care, this is it.

Stresses of the Job

Moving heavy freight while loading and unloading trucks will naturally put a strain on the body, even when using equipment. There are manual aspects to the job, such as wrapping pallets in shrink wrap that involve bending and stretching which can be hard on the back and joints. pallet jacks, even those that have power, are still heavy, and maneuvering them in tight spaces often involves twisting the torso and neck into uncomfortable positions. This can create subluxations and muscle strains. Climbing on and off forklifts can also strain the spine and joints.

Possible Injuries

Given the heavy physical nature of the job, working on a loading dock often causes back injuries. Loads can sometimes get stuck on dock plates and have to be pushed out manually. Some workers will attempt this alone which can harm the back or joints. Ankle sprains and knee injuries can occur when getting into or jumping off of a forklift. Safety measures are put in place, but with deadlines looming, workers sometimes rush and forget to use them. Loading dock injuries are common.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Loading dock workers may want to consider seeing a chiropractor regularly. Any subluxations of other problems in the spine or joints can be located with an exam. The chiropractor can then make adjustments to fix the problem and relieve the pain. Quick recoveries mean less time lost at work. Regular treatments can also help prevent spine and joint problems from occurring. This can help the body stand up to the rigors of the job. Chiropractors can also offer helpful advice on stretching and exercises to help prevent pain and injury. 

One of the most physically demanding jobs and hazardous environments is working on a loading dock. If you are a dock worker, consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. You may find that regular examinations and treatments from a chiropractor help prevent injury and pain and keep you on the job and in good health.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Katy, Tex.

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