There’s a huge misconception in the “white collar” working world that people who spend the majority of their workday in an office are going to be less prone to occupational injury than people out in the field, like construction workers. But the truth is, the only difference is the types of injuries that may occur.
Even in an office, workers are at risk of injury, but it can come from different sources. One of the most common is time. Working in an office exposes workers to different positions and postures. This in itself isn’t much of a problem, but over a long enough timeline of days, months, and years, these activities can take their toll and result in pain, discomfort new conditions.
Seeing a chiropractor can be a huge help to office workers in this regard, and here are the reasons why.
Posture Is The Problem
A key source of discomfort and pain for office workers is prolonged postures or positioning. Office chairs are designed for maximum efficiency in allowing workers to access things on a desk, like a computer or a phone, but the combination of office chairs, using a computer or a mouse, even while comfortable, can, through extended repetition cause back pain and joint pain.
This reason for this is simple. Positions such as the sitting posture, or the arch of wrists on a keyboard, or even the grip of a hand on a mouse are not meant to be held for hours at a time. However, a typical office day entails just that. Forcing muscles to maintain these positions for long periods has a negative effect.
This is where chiropractic treatment comes in. Unlike some other forms of treatment or therapy that may involve surgery, injections of the use of medicine, chiropractors use non-invasive methods of treatment. For example, sitting in the same position in an office chair for years can, given enough time, cause back pain as a result of some spinal bones moving slightly out of alignment, and causing compression or pinching with the spinal cord, which is a bundle of nerves.
An experienced chiropractor can evaluate the back or lower back, and find where the area of misalignment has occurred. Without needing surgery, or surgical tools, it is possible for a chiropractor to ease the spine back into proper alignment for a healthier lifestyle and, more importantly, directly addressing the cause of discomfort, as opposed to suppressing the symptom with only painkillers.
Visiting a chiropractor not only addresses the cause of the pain, rather than the symptom, but it can also help avoid future relapses. Because a chiropractor is treating the specific problem areas, this makes it easier to find out ways to avoid the issue. A chiropractor may, for example, recommend an adjustable desk, so that the office worker can periodically switch between sitting and standing.
By being diligent about visiting a chiropractor and following the suggested exercises or working adjustments given, office workers can dramatically reduce the chances of chronic, lifelong discomfort. If you’d like some relief from your office discomfort, and real solutions, contact the Wellness Center of NY and get treated today.