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Colorado Springs Work from Home: A Painful Dream Come True? Chiropractic Can Help.

Santa doesn’t just sit at a desk for work! He’s out exploring the world, in and out of a sleigh, arranging the assistance of others (elves and reindeer!) to do some of the hard, back-wrecking 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 recently realized the dream of working from home. However, we can learn from his example. He doesn’t just lounge at a desk. He gets help for challenging chores. He moves! The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR urges all of our Colorado Springs work-from-home friends to do the same as well as arrange alleviating 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. It was the dream job for many of us…until the dream came true. There are some stunning statistics 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 problems. (Women related that they had more issues than men.) 30% worked in a separate room at home, 32% worked in a separate section of a room with other members of the home, 38% worked in a non-separate area like the dining room. 41% did not use an office chair; 32% used an ergonomic chair. 71% were distracted by constant or random disruptions. 52% worked longer hours. Only 30% took frequent breaks. (1) Students experienced much the same as did workers when their learning and teaching was undertaken 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 as little pain as possible requires some preparation. Your Colorado Springs chiropractor is up to the task to help you prep.

WORKING FROM HOME: THE SET UP

Any new venture necessitates a plan. Starting without the plan backfires for many. 89% of new-to-working-at-home workers who participated in a survey stated some musculoskeletal pain. Upper back pain was said to be 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 found that 61% of them experienced more musculoskeletal pain working from home with neck, shoulder and low back pain being the most often experienced. Women reported significantly more pain than men. Seat height and monitor distance 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 resulted in more sedentary lifestyles, decreased physical activity, and more 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) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR presents some simple, gentle exercises for our Colorado Springs chiropractic patients. Begin them after we perform a thorough exam and you start noticing relief with our gentle chiropractic spinal manipulation care.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. John Murray on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares relieving chiropractic care for back and neck pain patients with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management on The Cox®8 Table.

Schedule your Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment today. Be like Santa: move, get help with the heavy lifting, alter your workspace! Happy Holidays!

Colorado Springs back, neck, shoulder pain from working at home as exhibited by Santa
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