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Even When Working From Home, Back Pain Is Possible

By Paul Rothbart

Working from home certainly has its perks. No commute, no expensive gas to buy. Nor do you have to bring or buy your lunch -- you've got your kitchen accessible all day. You can take a break whenever you need one and even sneak in a quick nap. It's safer at home too. Surely, you are not at risk for that pesky back pain that is experienced by people who have to go out. Well, yes you are. There are multiple causes of back pain and they can happen anywhere, even at home. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the risk of back pain and relieve it if it happens.

Risk of Falling

People commonly hurt their backs with improper lifting of heavy objects or by falling. When you're home, you're not working on a loading dock, so you are probably not doing a lot of lifting. However, falls do occur frequently in the home. It's as simple as a wet floor in the bathroom or kitchen. A loose carpet or an object left on the floor can cause you to trip. You can reduce the risk of falls by cleaning up any spills immediately. Be mindful of dripping water on the floor when washing your hands or dishes. Pay attention when walking. Keep your floors clear and inspect for loose rugs from time to time.

Sitting All Day

Most people who work from home sit at a desk or maybe a table. This often involves looking at a computer screen. Working like this for long periods places the back and neck in the same position. Many people slouch or lean forward. This can easily cause subluxations in the spine that lead to pain. Sitting up straight with your monitor placed at eye level can help you maintain good posture. Buy an ergonomic mouse and keyboard and take frequent breaks. Get up, stretch, and move around. If the weather is nice, get outside for a bit. 

See a Chiropractor

Another way to help prevent back pain and relieve it when it does happen is to see a chiropractor regularly. Should you have subluxations or any other issues in your back, a chiropractic examination will find them. The chiropractor can then make adjustments to fix the problem. This can diminish your pain and prevent the problem from getting worse. Chiropractic care combined with being cautious while working can greatly reduce the likelihood of chronic back pain.

It can be really nice to work from home but you are not immune to back pain. Be careful to protect your back and consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. Chiropractic care can help you experience back pain only rarely.

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

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