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If Working at Your Desk is a Pain, Go See a Chiropractor at MIPM

Working at your desk job on a daily basis seems safe enough, but it’s the little things that could lead to bigger issues. Many office workers in Illinois do not  seem to be aware of repetitive stress injuries until they sustain one and need to consult their nearest chiropractor. WCVB.com reports on the causes of pain in the workplace and how simple adjustments can make it all go away:

back pain

Most people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, research shows about thirty-eight percent of adults have low back pain and almost 26 percent suffer from neck pain any given year. Simply sitting at your desk seems pretty innocent, but poor desk posture can cause a variety of issues.

Hazards of the job

Typing and answering phones throughout the day on a daily basis could take a toll on anyone’s body.  In fact, even the excessive use of a computer mouse could cause discomfort. It’s these repetitive motions, coupled with incorrect positioning relative to the desk, keyboard, and monitor, that could produce havoc on anyone’s neck, back, and shoulders.

Spinal misalignment

The more serious condition that office workers develop from repetitive movement and poor posture is spinal misalignment. Pain specialists like those at MIPM have seen this trend grow since increasing numbers of adults spend their time hunched over, staring into laptop, smartphone, or tablet screens. If left uncorrected, spinal misalignment may lead to arthritis and degenerative processes.

How can I achieve a pain free work day?

For starters, your shoulders should be square with your computer screen with you looking straight ahead with your eyes slightly downcast. If you’re tall, increase the height of the monitor to match your eye level (prop it up using books if needed). Feet should be placed on a foot stool. Your chair should never be too high to make your feet dangle. You should be seated all the way back in the chair, not on the edge.  These both put unwanted stress on the lower back.  Lastly, try making variations to your routine and making your movements less repetitive by switching the position of your phone, using a hands-free headset, or even using your left hand to control your mouse.  Take small break every twenty to thirty minutes, getting up for about one to two minutes and changing positions.

Should any physical discomfort arise,  which you suspect to be caused by poor work posture and habits, a chiropractor or pain management facility such as MIPM can create a comprehensive treatment plan for acute or chronic pain.

(Source: “Avoiding office pain: Tips to create apainfreeworkspace”,WCVB.com)