Is Work a (Literal) Pain in the Neck? Here’s How to Shake the Pain
The studies are in, and the results are clear: Spending extended periods of time sitting, hunched over a computer or phone, is detrimental to long-term health. A recent study conducted by San Francisco State University found that 92 percent of study participants experienced reduced mobility and 98 percent experienced neck pain following just 30 seconds of neck scrunching.
Unfortunately, many people are forced to spend the majority of their waking hours crouched over tiny laptop screens, in spite of the fact that this can lead to chronic stiffness and pain in the back and neck. Other laborers perform repetitive motions either at the check-out stand or in a warehouse distribution center, leading to muscle and nerve stress. At Strong Life Chiropractic, our Lithia, FL patients come from all walks of life!
Concerned about the amount of time you spend hunched over working? Beginning to experience the symptoms of chronic neck pain? You may be surprised to learn that simple lifestyle changes could reduce your suffering.
Lifestyle changes to reduce work-related pain
Working on your posture can be difficult. But your hard work will pay dividends soon enough. Several simple changes to your posture can make the symptoms of work-related neck pain less pronounced. You’ll have a more comfortable, tolerable work experience. Some of the changes to consider making include the following:
- Use ergonomic furniture: Using ergonomic furniture at your workplace can go a long way toward reducing pain caused by a sedentary lifestyle. Invest in chairs, desks, and keyboards that facilitate good posture. An elevated, adjustable monitor stand can go a long way toward reducing neck pain.
- Vary your baseline: Throughout the day, vary your baseline posture. This means that at some points, you should be standing, while you sit at others. Every 30 to 40 minutes, get up and stretch, and then change your baseline posture. This will allow you to exercise different posture positions throughout the day, reducing strain on one particular set of muscles and joints.
- Exercise healthy posture: Of course, even the best ergonomic furniture and constant positional changes won’t help you reduce neck pain and inflammation if you’re not practicing good posture in the first place. If you’re struggling to identify a healthy posture, consult with a chiropractor.
- Stay active: Outside of work, make a point of staying active. Engage in targeted exercises and stretches designed to strengthen your neck muscles. It’s easy to incorporate a few targeted exercises into your regular workout routine. Exercising on a daily basis can reduce the negative impacts associated with a desk job.
If you’re still struggling with neck pain caused by your job, it’s worthwhile to set up an appointment with a local chiropractor. They can assist you both with treating current pain flair-ups, as well as establishing a plan to prevent future neck pain.
Explore better posture and better health
We can’t always help the job we have, but we can address how we support ourselves while doing our jobs. Just like a construction worker wears a hard hat or a chemist wears gloves, you can protect yourself from spinal misalignment through good postural habits.
Strong Life Chiropractic can help. We teach Lithia, FL patients how to correct poor posture, while correcting spinal misalignments through a structure Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach. If you’re struggling with work-related neck pain, schedule a consultation and adjustment with us today!
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.