Minimize Back Pain at Work: Six Ways
Lower back pain can throw a major wrench into your busy work day. To help minimize back pain at the office, try incorporating a few of these tips into your workday!
- Wear supportive footwear when standing. Avoid regularly wearing high-heeled shoes, which can affect the body’s center of gravity and negatively impact back support and posture. When standing for long periods of time, propping a leg up on a foot rest, wearing supportive shoe orthotics, or placing a rubber mat on the floor can improve comfort.
- Create ergonomic physical environments and workspaces. Undue strain will be placed on the spine unless the office chair, desk, keyboard, and computer screen, etc., are correctly positioned. Some considerations when creating an ergonomic workspace include choosing the surface height for the desk (standing, sitting, or semi-seated) best for the height of the individual worker and the task to be performed, adjusting the seat of the office chair so that the work surface is “elbow high,” and adjusting the computer screen where the gaze naturally focuses.
- Lift heavy objects correctly. Even if you’re young and strong, you can still injure your lower back if you lift a heavy object incorrectly. When lifting, be sure to bend at the hips—not the low back—and push the chest out, pointing forward. In this position, the back muscles will be used most effectively for maintaining good posture, as they are designed to do. The knees will also bend automatically so the muscles of the legs and hips will produce the power for lifting correctly.
- Practice good posture. Spending most the day sitting down can cause us to develop poor habits like sitting on the edge of the chair or hunching forward toward the computer screen. These poor posture habits overstretch your spinal ligaments and place stress on back muscles and spinal discs. To help minimize back pain, sit with your shoulders tall and your head level over your spine. Try to keep your back flush against your office chair, and place your feet flat against the floor. If you can’t reach the floor, a footrest is a great option. Avoid clenching your muscles or adopting an unnatural, stiff posture. The structures in the spine are designed for movement and any limitation in motion over a long period creates more pain and a cycle of less motion and more pain.
- Apply cold therapy. If your lower back pain flares-up at work, cold therapy may promptly alleviate your symptoms with minimal side effects. The benefits of cold therapy include reducing inflammation, numbing sore tissues, and decreasing tissue damage from injury. There are numerous discreet options for achieving these benefits, including disposable cold packs and a frozen water bottle. Just be sure to avoid direct contact between the cold source and your skin to prevent ice burn and limit the application of cold therapy to 20 minutes at a time.
- Speak with your boss. If you find that your pain is interfering with your day-to-day responsibilities, alert your boss of the situation. She or he may be able to provide you with special accommodations, such as an ergonomic chair or adjusted duties that require less sitting throughout the day. All the above advice may not completely solve your back-pain problems at the office, but it may can provide a little relief throughout the day.
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Stress can often be hard to manage and it can be the cause of your neck and back pain or it can magnify your neck or back pain. “Stress-induced neck pain is defined as pain that is either triggered or worsened by psychological or emotional factors.” Spine Health gives Six tips for dealing with stress induced neck pain in there article.
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The latest in a series of how technology can lead to pain when body Bio-mechanics are not properly understood. Spine-Health has a great article on Text Neck and how to avoid Pokémon Go injuries. First it was how we read our books, then it was our computer monitors and their locations, and now it is our smart phones. It just goes to show you that proper spinal hygiene is an ongoing responsibility see your chiropractor today.
By: Dr. Paul R. Mahler
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The symptoms of sciatica are present at the most inconvenient times. Sciatic doesn’t care if you need to sleep or drive to work. It can create a burning in the leg pins and needles in the foot or just pain. You are often glad just to fall asleep for a few minutes.
There are several ways that you may find relief from the symptoms and fall asleep and stay asleep.
1: Bend your knees slightly. When your sciatica flairs up often one of the five nerves are being compressed and this may take the pressure off of the nerve by relieving the pressure on the lumbar discs. Try different positions and often a pillow under the knees may help.
2: Sometimes a warm bath before bed may help by promoting the production of endorphins which fight pain. I caution you here if he pains gets worse or returns within an hour the bath is increasing inflammation and ice may work better for you discontinue the warm baths.
3: Consider ditching the box spring. The box spring is often the worst part of your mattress system. You can test this out by putting the mattress on the floor for a week or more and if this improves your sleep invest in a platform bed frame. You will often find this more supportive and I recommend it to most of my patients.
By: Dr. Paul R. Mahler
Mahler Family #Chiropractic Center
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#Headaches are a major problem for many patients but they can often be very complex in ther cause and cure. They are often managed with over the counter medications but this is not allways the best way to deal with chronic or prolonged headaches. Many of your chronic headaches often have bio-mechanical causes stemming from the musculo-skeletal system and these headaches are often best controlled and treated through simple gentle chiropractic care .
One such headache may be caused by bone spurs in the neck.
Over 50% of patients age of 60 and over have osteophytes also known as bone spurs, somewhere in their bodies. Osteophytes in the spine are more common the older we get and may not be a cause for concern unless they result in pain or neurological symptoms.
Cervical osteophytes or bone spurs that grow on any of the vertebra in cervical spine, also referred to as the neck. may be found from the 7th cervical vertebra to the base of the skull to the base of the neck (C1 – C7 vertebrae). It is these osteophytes that may be responsible for a patients headaches.
To find out more read the article on spine health, Cervical Osteophytes: bone spurs in the neck.
#Chiropractic is a large and varied profession. There are at lest 100 different types of chiropractic adjusting techniques used world wide. The typically, chiropractor utilize 8 to 10 different techniques in there practice. It is in this way that chiropractors can approach many different problems.
All chiropractors uses these different approaches to with similar intents in mind. The universal goal of most chiropractic care is to restore or to improve joint function, with the end result of resolving joint inflammation and reducing pain. Some chiropractic techniques use minimal directed force often referred to as spinal manipulation, while others spinal mobilization, a series of gentle force procedures designed to free up the joints so they move on there own.
Diversified technique or the high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust is one of chiropractic more traditional forms of adjusting the spine. Newer approaches typically are variation from an existing technique and as they evolve they are often often named after the Doctor who developed that particular approach.
For more information on the different techniques visit the article, Understanding Spinal Manipulation.
This weeks Topics Are: Chiropractic and #Pregnancy, Cervical #Herniation, Low Level #Laser,Aerobic #Exercise, and #Sacroiliac Joint Problems
Chiropractic treatments for pregnant women suffering from lower back pain has a very high success rate and can be combined with other treatments that do not include adding medications into the system.
When a cervical herniated disc is treated, the first methods are often to use physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, activity modification, and possibly anti-inflammatory medications.
The light from low level lasers can penetrate the skin and tissues between 2-5 cm and those photons are absorbed by the tissue cells to generate more energy, which is believed to help those tissues heal faster.
Aerobic exercise increases the blood flow in the body, which helps speed up healing, but high-impact exercises may cause additional stress or trauma to the structures of the spine.
Sacroiliac joint problems can cause lower back pain and/or leg pain and is often treated first with chiropractic care.
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• Burning Feet—Electrical Shocks
• Pain & #Numbness—Chronic and Acute Neck #Pain
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Our safe gentle techniques can also help with other symptoms.
• #Carpal #Tunnel Syndrome
• Chronic and Acute #Sciatica
• Chronic and Acute #Neck Pain
• It doesn’t have to be a #disc come see use and find out!
For patients going through back discomfort during pregnancy, #chiropractic care may provide effective relief from #pain with only a couple of simple treatments.
- Manipulation or adjustment from the pelvis provides relief and restores function for 91% of patients analyzed. See much more about Chiropractic care Manipulation.
- To help increase effectiveness of these treatments, your chiropractor or medical professional may recommend: Easy stretching exercise programs.
- Finally a pelvic support belt may be recommended to help with the treatment.
Also See Exercise for Back Discomfort Throughout #Pregnancy.
Conservative Treatment for a Cervical Herniated Disc
Cervical Herniated Disc Treatment Video
When the initial pain from a cervical herniated disc hits, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (e.g. Advil, Nuprin, Motrin) or COX-2 inhibitors (e.g. Celebrex) can help reduce the pain.
The pain caused by a cervical herniated disc is caused by a combination of:
pinching of the nerve root, and;
inflammation associated with the disc material itself.
Therefore, taking anti-inflammatory medications to remove some of the inflammation can reduce this component of the pain while the pressure component (pinching of the nerve root) resolves.
For patients with severe pain from a herniated disc, oral steroids (such as Predisone or a Medrol Dose Pak) may give even better pain relief. However, these medications can only be used for a short period of time (one week).
via Conservative Treatment for a Cervical Herniated Disc.
X-rays provide detail of the bone structures in the spine, and are used to rule out back pain resulting from:
Instability (such as spondylolisthesis)
They image bones by shooting an x-ray beam through the body. The calcium in bone blocks penetration of the x-ray beam and the image of the bones is picked up as a shadow on a film positioned on the other side of the patient (see Figure 1).
X-rays provide for excellent bony detail because bone consists mainly of calcium. However, discs and nerve roots do not have any calcium, so an x-ray does not capture an image of these structures. An x-ray, therefore, cannot be used to diagnose lumbar disc herniation or other causes of nerve pinching.
X-rays should not be performed in women who may be pregnant.
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Chiropractic Treatments for #Whiplash
Because each individual case of whiplash is different, it is not possible to generalize about the chiropractic whiplash treatment.
See What Is Whiplash?
The appropriate chiropractic treatment is unique to each whiplash injury and is directed at the primary dysfunctions detected during the chiropractic exam.
However, #chiropractors commonly employ different chiropractic treatments for whiplash, often including:
2:Muscle relaxation and/or stimulation
4:Ergonomic and lifestyle changes.
This article explains when, why and how chiropractors may employ these whiplash treatments for neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain and other related symptoms.
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Treatments for Low Back Pain During Pregnancy
For patients experiencing #back pain during #pregnancy, chiropractic may provide effective pain relief with just a few simple treatments. For example: Manipulation or adjustment of the pelvis has provided relief and restored function for 91% of patients studied.3 Please see link for rest of article.
1: The Major Premise. There is a universal intelligence in all matter, continuously giving to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence, and giving this intelligence its expression.
Chiropractic has provided treatment for men and women with back pain, neck pain as well as head-aches, since its establishment in 1895 . Every since the formal formation of chiropractic in the united states, some chiropractors have claimed a connection among the spine, nervous system and brain as essential to one’s wellness and have maintained that structural imbalances within the spinal column can impact function with the spinal cord, nerves, muscles, bones as well as joints of the body.
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Written By: Paul R. Mahler DC
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
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Kingston, Pa 18704
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