Not surprising to chiropractors, more and more office workers are finding their way to the chiropractic clinic. As our society has moved from a labor-intensive workforce to an information-based workforce, the number of office workers with chiropractic complaints has skyrocketed. What is surprising is the ages of these chiropractic patients. Office workers as young as their twenties are being diagnosed with chronic pain, loss of function and mobility issues brought on by years of desk and computer work.
These patients turn to chiropractic for many reasons but the most compelling reason is because it works. Find out what symptoms cause patients to seek chiropractic care and how these ailments are resolved with chiropractic techniques.
The majority of chiropractic problems seen in office workers come down to poor posture. The simple act of sitting is enough to be harmful to the musculoskeletal system if done for long enough periods of time. Adding to this simple act is our work with computers, at desks and workstations, hunched over smartphones, tablets and keyboards. This is not the way the human body was designed to function and places stress on the spine that can lead to misalignment. Even worse, our most productive work postures end up being some of the most harmful postures for our spine’s natural curvature.
Over time these common day-to-day activities can result in postural and spinal problems. This spinal stress or strain can interfere with nerve function and place excessive pressure on nerves. It is this pressure or interference that causes pain or other symptoms that drive patients to seek relief.
There are a host of conditions that can be linked to poor desk posture. Some of them are not surprising. Others may surprise you, as they can seem completely unrelated to your posture. Problems can arise in the upper or lower back as well as the neck – anywhere vertebrae can be pinched or compressed. The most common ailments that arise from poor posture include:
It’s important to note that a loss of spinal curves or vertebrae that is out of alignment won’t necessarily hurt, but it will cause other symptoms. This disconnect between where the problem actually is and what symptoms it is producing are often confusing for people who are new to chiropractic.
Chiropractic care can ease or eliminate the symptoms mentioned above by putting the body back into proper alignment. When the body is properly aligned, it functions optimally and there is no pain. Most people are familiar with the manual adjustments that the chiropractor may perform on the spine and neck. These adjustments work to physically move the vertebrae back into their proper position, taking the pressure off of the compressed vertebrae or pinched nerve. Once this pressure is removed, the pain or tingling dissipates. Many patients actually find chiropractic adjustments to be pleasant and enjoyable and often feel immediate relief after an adjustment.
Manual adjustments are not the only tool available to chiropractors, however. An aligned spine won’t last long if the muscles needed to support it are in poor condition. That’s why many chiropractors will prescribe specific exercises to strengthen the back, neck and abdominal muscles so they can work together to keep the spine in position. Stretching exercises, massage, heat/ice therapy and rest are all common treatments for chiropractic conditions.
If the issues are related to poor desk posture, the chiropractor will make recommendations for proper sitting positions and give the patient ways to stretch or exercise their muscles during the day to keep them limber and flexible. The more the body can move, the less likely it is to lock up into one position and put undue pressure on the spinal column.
You’ll notice that all of these treatments are all natural. They do not rely on medications and they do not mask symptoms. They actually make the symptoms disappear naturally by fixing the problem that was causing them in the first place. Chiropractors aren’t just interested in making the pain go away. They want your body to be functioning at its best.
Proper body function is one reason so many people enjoy regular chiropractic visits. Routine adjustments act as preventative care and help take care of smaller issues before they become, literally, a pain in the neck.
Care provided by a Doctor of Chiropractic is different from that provided by medical doctors. Medical doctors are concerned with treating the symptoms, such as headaches or a stiff neck, more than fixing the root cause of the problem. In essence, they treat the symptoms, not the problem or condition. Doctors of Chiropractic, on the other hand, are more concerned with finding the root cause of the pain and fixing it so the pain doesn’t return. Their aim is to achieve 100% proper body function and they do this through a variety of natural and non-invasive treatments specifically tailored to the patient’s needs.
Chronic poor posture is the number one leading cause of office workers’ pain and discomfort, but regular chiropractic adjustments can make the pain go away and keep the spine aligned. Just like poorly aligned tires cause excessive wear and don’t last as long or work as well as properly aligned tires, a poorly aligned spine won’t function at its peak performance level, which can affect every aspect of your life.
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