Eliminate Lower Back Pain with Dayton Chiropractic Clinic in Tennessee
Your work environment is the most common place where lower back muscles strains occur, even if you spend your work day at a desk. Poor posture is recognized as a factor in lower back pain and modern life presents us with many pressures placing us in increasing pressure on the neck, back and shoulder areas resulting in pain. Back pain is a much more common problem than most people realize. Lower-back pain is cited as the No. 2 reason why Americans see their Dayton Tennessee Chiropractor, Dr. Timothy Henry, second only to colds and the flu.
At Dayton Chiropractic Clinic, we want you healthy and pain-free, so we’re providing you with a few helpful and simple adjustments you can implement in your work environment to ensure that you minimize your back strain and prevent lower back pain. First, examine your work environment and personal work habits to identify possible back pain aggravators, which then can be addressed resulting in better and more comfortable work environment.
Back pain can arise in many situations but the most common include:
- Heavy manual work
- Working in awkward places
- Doing repetitive work
- Sitting a computer or office desk
- Operating heavy equipment
How to Treat Back Pain
In general, the best treatment is to stay active and, if necessary, use over-the-counter painkillers. You may feel like going to bed, but this won’t help and could make it worse. The best ways to deal with pain and help your back to recover are to maintain your mobility, based on your usual activities, and return to work as soon as possible. Additionally, add exercises that strengthen your legs, back and stomach to your exercise regime to help to keep your back healthy.
There are ways to treat your back pain at work, even for those of you who sit, hunched over in front of a computer screen all day long. It may be as simple as rearranging your desk or workstation. Sitting in one position for hours on end is bad for your body, especially if you’re sitting incorrectly and with bad posture!
There are many workstation factors that can affect your back:
- Seating Posture
- Computer Screen Position
- Chair Height
- Keyboard Position
- Mouse Position
- Desk Equipment Layout
Be sure to support your back, a correctly adjusted chair will reduce the strain on both your back and neck. Get a chair that is easily adjustable, so that you can customize the height, back position and tilt. The proper height of your chair should leave your knees level with your hips. Sometimes a footrest is needed! Be sure to also adjust your chair height so that your wrist and forearm is straight and level with the floor, creating an L-shape at the elbow joint. Your feet should be flat on the floor (or a footrest). Don’t cross your legs! This can cause hip problems and cut off blood circulation. Lastly, place your computer screen at eye level to protect your neck.
Though the above adjustments will help minimize your back pain, it is important to get up and move around at work. Sitting for eight hours does no good for your body and health. Take a look at the suggestions below for ways to get active in the workplace.
When the phone rings, stand up and stretch. Do a few toe raises, or even walk and talk.
Change sitting positions and adjust your posture as often as is practicable.
Take frequent short breaks, rather than fewer longer ones, by taking a walk around the office or even throughout your building. This will give your muscles a chance to relax, prevent you from becoming stiff and tense, and give you a minute to refocus.
Take a break from the screen by getting a drink or fresh air. Don’t forget to stretch out your neck muscles.
If your back pain persists, even after implementing these new tips into your lifestyle, consider making an appointment with the trusted chiropractors at Dayton Chiropractic Clinic in Dayton, Tennessee. We will gladly help you overcome this pain and work with you to make sure you remain healthy and pain-free. Take a step towards better health and call 423-285-6510 to schedule an appointment, or visit us on our website.