26 Sep Can Chiropractors Ease the 9-5 Strain?
It seems that more and more nine to fivers are seeking the services of the friendly and experienced McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center. With vast swaths of American workers now working at desks, using computers all day, it’s no surprise that complaints of back, shoulder, and neck pains have begun to skyrocket.
But perhaps what is surprising is the ages of those most affected by these pains and kinks. While back or spinal pain has generally been associated with aging, now we see office workers in their 20s and 30s suffering from chronic pain, not to mention mobility issues and carpal tunnel compounded by years of being stuck behind a desk.
Thankfully, there is hope. Chiropractic treatment can help to alleviate many of the aches and pains you may be dealing with as a result of work. Continue reading to learn more.
What Are The Common Problems Related To Office Work?
Numerous conditions can be linked to poor desk posture, others, however, can seem completely unrelated. However, anywhere vertebrae can be pinched, problems can show up. The usual target zones are the neck and the upper or lower back.
The most common ailments that come from bad desk posture include:
- Tight hips
- Neck pain or neck ache
- Tingling in the arm, fingers or leg
- Frozen shoulder/loss of function in the shoulder
- Tightness in the trapezius area
What Does Posture Have to Do with It?
It turns out that sitting at a desk for prolonged hours without any real movement can cause real damage to your musculoskeletal system. When poor posture is added, the initial problem is compounded, causing painful misalignment. Therefore, many problems that occur in office workers stem from poor posture.
Sitting for most of the workday can have a profoundly negative effect on your posture in the first place. It’s only natural to tend to slump your shoulders and hunch your neck, especially as the day wears on you. The poor routine posture only increases over time.
Some of the common posture mistakes that lead to aches and pains include:
- Looking down at your computer screen or desk with your head tipped forward. Sitting like this puts a strain on the muscles in your upper back and neck, which, over time, can lead to stress that creates pain.
- When sitting at a desk using a computer, we tend to roll our shoulders forward. This can lead to a muscular imbalance that can lead to bothersome lower back pain.
- Whether you are completely engaged with your work, trying to read some tiny font on your screen or simply watching television, many people tend to lean forward from their lower back. This posture puts unnecessary pressure on your lower spine and can compress disks.
- Professionals are busy people and they must often be on the phone for long periods of time. Oftentimes, in order to multitask, workers will hold the phone between their shoulder and ear with their neck at an awkward angle. Doing this on one occasion isn’t going to cause much problems but constantly working like this is definitely going to cause tension in the neck and upper back.
Unfortunately, these aren’t the only problems you might face as a desk jockey.
What Else Does Office Work Cause?
Staring at screens all day creates a perfect storm of eyestrain, which usually leads to headaches. While breaks from computer use can help, and screen filters with eye exercises are crucial, this won’t always alleviate the headaches associated with frequent eye strain caused by constant computer use.
Additionally, any professional who uses a keyboard (and/or a mouse) constantly are prone to repetitive use disorders, not the least of which would be carpal tunnel syndrome. Before choosing surgical assistance, try chiropractic services in McAllen.
Natural, noninvasive adjustments to the wrist and forearm may prevent the need for surgery and increase the quality of not only of your workday, but your life.
Are you tired of leaving your office with neck and back pains? Make an appointment with your local McAllen chiropractor today.
When your spine is realigned by our chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center in McAllen, and you’ve been educated about techniques for good posture, it’ll be easy to maintain the appropriate posture throughout your day and reduce your pain.
Since 2006, we here at Hendrick Wellness Center have served the Rio Grande Valley, providing relief to individuals suffering from neck and back pressure and pain.
CONTACT US AT (956) 630-2255 TODAY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH OUR CHIROPRACTORS IN MCALLEN.