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Is Your Desk Job Hurting You

2020-01-10

When you think of a desk job, you don’t think of health hazards. These are often thought of when describing jobs like firefighting, construction, or even being a chef. Manual labour is synonymous with health risks at some point, but so can your desk job. 

The Risks

Considering a desk job requires several hours of sitting a day, this can be as hazardous to your health as smoking – think about the tight joints, weak muscles, lower back strain, and the increased risk of disease.

You’d think that working out a few times a week would circumvent this, but the truth is it just isn’t enough. Working out is important, but getting up and moving throughout the day is just as important:

Always use the stairs

Get a standing desk if your workplace can accommodate this

Take a 2 minute break to get up and walk around every 30 minutes

Park at the furthest end of the parking lot or take transit

The majority of your problems will be a result of poor posture. Slouching causes your muscles to work harder, and can create sore and stiff muscles. Poor posture leads to circulatory issues, poor digestion, and stress on your spine. This stress causes headaches, back pain, and neck strain. 

So what can you do?

All chairs are not created the same. Choose a desk chair that provides lumbar support and will keep your hips, knees and elbows at 90 degree angles. An adjustable chair should do the trick. Crossing your legs is a big no-no, but using a footstool to take the pressure off of your lower back will make a world of difference.

Create a workstation that is perfect for you. If you work at a computer, the bottom edge of the screen should be level with your eyes, it should be directly in front of you, and should be around 30 inches from your face.

Maintain balance. If you carry bags, ensure they are not too heavy, and that you are distributing their weight evenly if possible. Switch shoulders often, and keep in mind that cross body bags are best for remaining hands free and better weight distribution. If you have very heavy items, a rolling bag is the best solution.

Your Posture is in Your Hands

Maintaining good postural habits while working will help to prevent injuries and pain over time. Ask us how we can help you identify where changes need to be made, offer suggestions to make desk life easier, and help monitor your progress.

The goal here is to eliminate the risk of compromising your musculoskeletal health that can result in headaches, neck aches, shoulder strain, and lower back pain. Your desk job doesn’t have to be a source of discomfort if you are prepared and armed with knowledge and the motivation to remain healthy!

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Wellness

2020-01-10

Wait a minute. I hear a lot about wellness but what does it really mean?

The word wellness has become a catch phrase that means different things to different people. To your chiropractor, wellness is the state of health where your body is free of interruption or interference to any part of your nerve system, enabling your full expression and enjoyment of life. For example, how well you feel is not a dependable indicator of your actual health. Even if you feel you’re coping well with recurrent, long-term and familiar aches and pains, you are still overtaxing your body, (and no one likes taxes!) resulting in a low overall wellness score.

My chiropractor treats my spine for back and neck problems. What’s that got to do with wellness?

Let’s start at the beginning. First, it’s your nerve system that determines how well you feel mentally, emotionally and physically. When your nerve system isn’t up to par because of spinal problems, it has to work overtime to compensate.

The effect of an overworked or stressed nerve system can be headaches, fatigue, muscle aches and pains and a host of other unpleasant symptoms which can become more serious or lead to more complicated conditions as time passes. The solution can be a simple one: chiropractic care. Your chiropractor is a spinal specialist who can help you restore health to your spine. This will allow your nerve system to work at its best so you can get on with your life.

So you could say my chiropractor is a wellness specialist, right?

Right. Your chiropractor will discover any problems that are interfering with your nerve system and through hands-on healing will work with you to eliminate them. After chiropractic adjustments, your body will be better able to heal itself. This, in turn, aids your body in maintaining optimum health and thus contributes to your overall wellness. So, yes, in addition to relieving spinal back and neck pain, your chiropractor is a wellness specialist.