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Posted on 10-20-2017
When it comes to working ergonomics and spinal health, most people these days are aware that there are certain things that can be done to help avoid injuries and chronic pain. Workplace back pain and injury have become such common complaints that employers have long been creating more ergonomically supportive environments in their offices. Promoting back health and safety not only helps employees stay more comfortable during work hours but it avoids workflow disruptions due to injury and illness-related absences.
Learning how to properly take care of your back increases work productivity and it also helps to maintain flexibility and sustain energy throughout the day. This type of physical and emotional balance isn’t just useful for work, it carries throughout the day into your home and personal life as well. Essentially, maintaining your spine and paying attention to good ergonomics is extremely beneficial to your overall health and well-being.
All back pain is not created equally. People who suffer from upper, middle or lower pain may all be experiencing different sensations that affect various areas of the body. Lower back pain is probably one of the most common complaints and usually, results from an injury such as a torn ligament or pulled muscle. These types of injuries can occur after playing competitive sports, making a sudden movement or because of bad posture and they can develop over time or happen suddenly. With work-related back pain, lower back injuries may occur if you’re involved in a job where movements are repetitive and regularly push muscles or joints to their limits.
With mid back pain and lower back pain, you may experience many of the same symptoms as you would with lower back pains, but the source of the pain may differ. Mid back pain is often the result of things like high-impact accidents, an infection, spine conditions, bulging discs, health issues, tumors or fractured vertebrae. People who suffer from upper back pain may be experiencing joint dysfunction or muscular irritation.
Regardless of the source, lower, mid and lower back pain can all be improved by focusing on appropriate physical therapy, using correct posture and maintaining proper ergonomic support.
Chiropractic care is an excellent prescription for lower, mid and back pain because of its focus on correcting misalignments in the musculoskeletal structure and on the long-term maintenance necessary to help avoid future problems. The core chiropractic treatment involves a manual adjustment of the spine, which serves to remove any blockages along the vertebral column that may be causing or contributing to pinched nerves, damaged spinal discs, pulled muscles or other such problems.
In addition to providing quick relief for discomfort, a back pain chiropractor looks toward treating the “whole” person -- meaning that they look for more than just presenting symptoms. They seek to find all of the underlying physical, emotional and lifestyle symptoms that may be contributing to your chronic pain so that they can most effectively assist you with alleviating pain and preventing or reducing future occurrences of illnesses and injuries.
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