There are certain injuries that can occur even during the course of working in an office or at home. Long hours of routine, daily tasks such as typing, working on the computer, sitting in an office chair, and bending the neck to speak on the phone over the course of days, weeks, and months can lead to difficulty and pain over time. Even musicians who do repetitive tasks while practicing as they sit or stand in similar positions can lead to pain and soreness. These work-related injuries can include:
Headaches & eyestrain
Neck stiffness or pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Did you know that most office and job injuries are caused by falls, repetitive movements, posture while in sitting or standing, bending, twisting, lifting heavy items, using pressure or force, and using vibrating tools?
Locations and types of pain
Physical stress and strain is the reason for most work-related injuries. Sitting in the similar position for long periods of time each day while making recurring movements (such as typing, using a mouse, or even playing the piano for extended time periods) can cause stress and strain on your muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, blood vessels, and spine. Pain symptoms can include:
- Soreness and strain in the back
- Numbness in hands and arms
- Wrist pain
- Stiffness in the neck and shoulders
- Eye strain which can lead to migraines
- Hip problems, making it difficult to stand up and down
Many produce symptoms of:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, which is pressure on the median nerve in the wrist, causing tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers, thumb, hand, and even the forearm.
- Bursitis and tendon problems which are associated with doing repetitive tasks.
Other health problems, such as arthritis or emotional stress for example, can increase the risk for injuries at work.
How can you prevent injuries at work?
- Sit in a comfortable position while you work
- Change position often
- Turn the whole body instead of twisting to face your work
- Stretch or get out of your chair every 20 to 40 minutes
- Possibly switch to another task
- Maintain your good health through regular exercise, good nutrition and not smoking.
Good overall health, which includes strength and flexibility, will go far in preventing injuries, as well as aid in a quicker recovery if you are injured.
What can a chiropractor do to help?
Chiropractic care can be extremely advantageous in maintaining daily health, endurance and resilience as well as improve flexibility for the treatment of office- related injuries. Adjustments can reduce inflammation in nerves, tendons, ligaments and muscles caused from the strains of work environments. Chiropractic treatments can reduce stiffness, sore muscles, headaches, migraines and can improve overall blood circulation, as well as help relieve tension and stress that can lead to work-related health problems.
Improvement by patients usually begins within the initial 2 to 5 visits. It is best to be treated frequently for a short period of time then re-evaluated.
For a professional consultation as to how chiropractic care can help in an office-related injury, contact Baker Chiropractic and Accident Rehabilitation. Call our office in Provo Utah at 801-210-0669 and speak with Dr. Baker, our resident Provo chiropractor.