Santa doesn’t just work at his desk! He’s out in
the world, in and out of his sleigh, arranging
the help of others (elves and reindeer!) to do part
of the hard, back-wrecking work. However, he also works from his
home/workshop which certainly brings him similar stresses and pain like it does for the
rest of us who recently realized the dream of working from
home. However, we can learn from his example. He does not just lounge
at a desk. He gets help for challenging chores. He moves!
Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation urges all of our Tonawanda
work-from-home friends to do the same as well as received
pain-decreasing chiropractic care
for the back pain, neck pain, shoulder, and other pain(s) you may now experience.
THE DREAM: WORK FROM HOME, LEARN AT HOME
Working from home. It was the dream of many…until the dream came true. There are some amazing
statistics on how work-from-home has changed so many
of us. One study of 232 telecom employees found that
39% had more pain in the low back, 48% in the upper back/neck, and 27% in their
hands. Only 33% said they did not have any such
musculoskeletal pain problems. (Women said
that they experienced more issues than men.) 30% worked in a separate room
at home, 32% worked in a separate section of a room with
other members of the home, 38% worked in a non-separate area like
the dining room. 41% did not sit in an office
chair; 32% used an ergonomic chair. 71% were troubled
by constant or occasional disruptions.
52% worked longer hours. Only 30% took frequent
breaks. (1) Students experienced much the same as the workers
did when their learning and teaching was performed
at home: low back pain for 73%, neck pain for 69%, shoulder pain for 59%. Influencing
factors for students were pain, academic stresses, personal/emotional issues,
work environment, and time in front of the computer. (2) For the
work-from-home dream to come true with less pain
requires some preparation. Your Tonawanda chiropractor is
up to the task to help you prepare.
WORKING FROM HOME: THE SET UP
Any new venture needs a plan. Beginning
without the plan backfires for most. 89% of
new-to-working-at-home workers who participated in a survey reported some musculoskeletal pain.
Upper back pain was said to be a result of
nonergonomic work environments with suboptimal computer
configurations while nonergonomic postures were linked to headache and low back pain. (3) A survey of university
employees documented that 61% of them had
more musculoskeletal pain working from home with neck, shoulder and low back
pain being the most frequent. Women reported
significantly more pain than men. The height of the seat an the distance of
the monitor were significant risk factors
for discomfort and pain in work-from-home employees. (4)
HOPE FOR NEW WORK-FROM-HOME PAIN
There is hope! Regardless of the new
work-from-home trend that prompted more sedentary
lifestyles, reduced physical activity, and greater
musculoskeletal pain like back pain, researchers mentioned
that exercise and less sitting around successfully reduced
low back pain and even ‘cured’ it for participants in their study. (5)
Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation presents some simple, gentle exercises for our
Tonawanda chiropractic patients. Start them after we do a thorough exam and you begin noticing
relief with our gentle chiropractic spinal manipulation care.
CONTACT Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. John Murray on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares
relieving chiropractic care for back and neck pain patients with The Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management on The Cox®8 Table.
Schedule your Tonawanda chiropractic
appointment soon. Be like Santa: move, delegate
the heavy lifting, adapt your workspace! Happy Holidays!