Fort Wayne Work from Home: A Painful Dream Come True? Chiropractic Can Help.12/06/2022Santa 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!« View All Featured Exercises"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."