Santa doesn’t just work at his desk! He’s out exploring
the world, in and out of his sleigh, getting
the assistance of others (elves and reindeer!) to do some
of the hard, back-breaking work. However, he also works from his
home/workshop which certainly brings him similar stresses and pain like it does for the
rest of us who now realize the dream of working from
home. However, we can learn from his example. He doesn’t just sit
at a desk. He gets help for heavy chores. He moves!
Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc encourages all of our Fort Wayne
work-from-home friends to do the same as well as get
relieving chiropractic treatment
for the back pain, neck pain, shoulder, and other pain(s) you may now have.
THE DREAM: WORK FROM HOME, LEARN AT HOME
Working from home: the dream of many…until the dream came true. There are some stunning
stats on how work-from-home has altered so many
of us. One study of 232 telecom employees documented that
39% had more pain in the low back, 48% in the upper back/neck, and 27% in their
hands. Only 33% reported not having any such
musculoskeletal pain issues. (Women reported more issues than men.) 30% worked in a separate room
at home, 32% worked in a dedicated area of a room with
other people of the home, 38% worked in a non-separate area like
the dining room. 41% didn’t use an office
chair; 32% sat in an ergonomic chair. 71% were bothered
by constant or intermittent disruptions.
52% put in more work hours a day. Only 30% took frequent
breaks. (1) Students experienced much the same as the workers
did when their learning and teaching was done
at home: low back pain for 73%, neck pain for 69%, shoulder pain for 59%. Influencing
factors for students were pain, academic stresses, personal/emotional issues,
work environment, and time in front of the computer. (2) For the
work-from-home dream to come true with less pain
demands some preparation. Your Fort Wayne chiropractor is
ready to help you prepare.
WORKING FROM HOME: THE SET UP
Any new venture necessitates a plan. Starting
without the plan goes wrong for most. 89% of
new-to-working-at-home workers who replied
to a survey reported some musculoskeletal pain.
Upper back pain was described as being a result of
nonergonomic work environments with non-favorable computer
configurations while nonergonomic postures were associated with headache and low back pain. (3) A study of university
employees reported that 61% of them experienced
more musculoskeletal pain working from home with neck, shoulder and low back
pain being the most common. Women stated
significantly more pain than men. The height of the seat an the distance of
the monitor were significant risk factors
for discomfort and pain in work-from-home employees. (4)
HOPE FOR NEW WORK-FROM-HOME PAIN
There is hope! Regardless of the new
work-from-home trend that caused more sedentary
lifestyles, reduced physical activity, and greater
musculoskeletal pain like back pain, researchers mentioned
that exercise and less sitting around successfully reduced
low back pain and even ‘cured’ it for participants in their study. (5)
Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc offers some simple, gentle exercises for our
Fort Wayne chiropractic patients. Begin them after we do a thorough exam and you start noticing
relief with our gentle chiropractic spinal manipulation care.
CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. John Murray on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes
relieving chiropractic care for back and neck pain patients with The Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management on The Cox®8 Table.
Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic
appointment today. Be like Santa: move, get help with
the heavy lifting, adapt your workspace! Happy Holidays!