Solving Remote Work Back Pain
Since March 2020 a good portion of the country has been part of a nationwide experiment in changing the nature of work. Seemingly overnight, people from all over shifted from working in the office to working from their kitchen table or home office desk. In doing so, many have found themselves spending long periods on the computer and using furniture not necessarily suited for being used for all-day sedentary work. No surprise, our bodies have been feeling the consequences, most notably in back pain, neck pain, and similar ailments.
The typical office utilizes furniture and work desks designed specifically for long periods of sitting. Known as ergonomics, most office furniture today is designed to have a low impact on the body. The same can’t be said for home furniture. As a result, people are sitting on an average of 3 to 4 hours at a time in chairs and at tables that are contributing to physical discomfort, bad angles, back pain, wrist pain, and more. The body tries to compensate by using muscles more than necessary to hold the body in place and function. However, that too begins to take a toll and can lead to constant pain and stress.
Combined with the added stress of home life mixing with work life, additional hours trying to get things done, digital meetings, or answering far more emails than before, and it is no surprise the body is reacting. Working at home has become the perfect negative scenario of sedentary work side effects on peoples’ health.
Steps to Reduce Back Pain
Maintaining good posture is a big step in correcting the negative effects of poor work ergonomics. By simply keeping the back straight so that it maintains its natural curve, a significant amount of strain can be reduced. Bringing the computer and table closer to the body can also help you straighten out, reducing the need to hunch or lean over.
The body also needs to move regularly. Make it a habit every hour to get up and move, even if it’s just walking down the hallway and back. Exercise is also highly beneficial. The back is layered with muscles which, if strengthened, will be able to hold the body upright with ease. Core exercises are also beneficial for this reason.
Chiropractor Serving Birmingham, Hoover, Mountain Brook, Homewood, and Vestavia Hills
If your back pain does not respond to at-home measures, consider contacting the chiropractic professionals at Back on Track Chiropractic. We have years of experience providing residents of Birmingham, Hoover, Mountain Brook, Homewood, and Vestavia Hills with natural and effective chiropractic care for back pain relief. For more information on how we relieve back pain or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor, call us at (205) 942-4243.