You may not realize this initially, but back pain is one of the most common causes of visits to the doctor’s office in the United States every year, consistently. What’s perhaps even more surprising is that many of these people who will end up developing back pain at some point actually are very highly likely to develop their back pain in the workplace, due to unhealthy learned habits as well as a lack of good ergonomic support in the workplace.
Believe it or not, it turns out that the chair you spend quite a lot of your day in during the work week is actually more than likely responsible for causing any sort of pain or other health issues to your back and spinal cord. I learned about how office chairs contribute to poor back and spine health after coming across a very informative article post by Spine Health, and the article post also taught me about a few incredibly simple things that virtually anyone can do in order to improve back and spine health and wellness in the workplace. Here is what I learned from the article post.
If you are spending long hours each day sitting in an office chair at a desk, chances are high that you are also spending that time looking at and working on a computer screen as well. As it turns out, all that screen time can really take a toll on the healthy functioning of your back and spinal cord. This is due to the fact that, whether you realize it or not, straining to see a computer screen properly often causes a person to hunch their shoulders forward and stick their neck down and out. As you can imagine, this unnatural position causes quite a lot of stress and strain on the spine, which must now work even harder to support the neck and back. Over time, this leads to chronic aches and pains developing in the area.
So what can you do to prevent back pain from getting to you in the workplace? First of all, remember to get up and stretch at regular intervals throughout the day (yes, it really is that easy). Set an alarm to go off every hour to remind you to stand up out of your chair and perform simple stretches such as rolling your shoulders and neck, or stretching your arms to the ceiling.
Another great health habit to start taking up today for better back health tomorrow is chiropractic care. Regular chiropractic adjustments to the spine can work to improve posture and relieve tension in the muscles of the back, which can make it easier to avoid back pain in the future.
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