Why Your Work Ergonomics Are So Important

March 10, 2021

How’s your posture? If you have a desk job, chances are, it’s not so great. When you have poor posture, you’re more likely to suffer from back and neck pain. Millions of Americans visit their doctors or chiropractors in Naples, FL to complain about posture-related pain, but making a few adjustments can make a world of difference. Paying attention to ergonomics at work will not only improve your posture, but also reduce your pain.

How slouching causes back pain

Slouching, slumping and awkwardly leaning over puts a lot of strain on your back. When you sit in a chair for long periods of time, it can stretch the neck, strain the ligaments and put pressure on your spinal discs, which eventually results in stiffness and pain. If your office chair feels more like a torture device, there’s a good chance you can improve it with ergonomics (and a visit to the chiropractor).

Making ergonomic adjustments

Here are some changes you can make to improve your workplace ergonomics:

  • Get up and move: If you sit in your chair all day without getting up, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of pain. Sedentary desk jobs can lead to serious health issues, such as obesity and high cholesterol. Plus, your back never gets a break from the pressure and strain. Try to get up from your desk every 30 minutes and take a short walk or stretch. The more movement you engage in, the better your circulation and posture will be.
  • Get the right chair: Having the right chair makes a big difference in ergonomics. Look for a chair that comfortably supports your back, legs and arms—try a foot rest if you need additional support. Some people find that chairs with lumbar support cut down on their back pain.
  • Adjust your desk: Finally, make sure your desk doesn’t require you to lean over or lunge for things at an awkward angle. When typing, your wrists should be level with your hands, and your arms should be supported by the chair. Keep everything you need within easy reach, and make sure to adjust your chair height if you’re uncomfortable.

Visit a chiropractor

Of course, sometimes the damage is already done, and even an ergonomic workspace can’t eliminate all your back and neck pain. In that case, visiting a chiropractor can help. Chiropractors work to eliminate pain at its root cause, rather than prescribing painkillers or surgery.

When you book a chiropractic appointment in Naples, FL, your doctor will take down your medical history and listen to your concerns—this is a good time to mention the ergonomic situation at work. Then they’ll take x-rays to evaluate your current condition, and decide which treatments or adjustments will be best for your specific situation.

Finally, they’ll perform some same-day treatments, which may include spinal adjustments, soft tissue manipulation or other physical therapies. Some patients feel instant relief, while others may require more appointments.

To learn more about Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology and book your first visit, call us today.

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