Since the global pandemic hit America back in March, millions of Americans that help office jobs are now working from home. Many companies are considering letting their employees continue to work from despite governors beginning to open states again. In fact, Twitter recently announced that their employees can work from home indefinitely. Working from home can have many benefits to companies. Employees can often be more productive and have better mental and physical health by being able to work from home. That being said, there is one area of the body that can suffer due to this new working from home environment: the back. This could be for a variety of different reasons including sitting more when working from home or having an uncomfortable chair. At Hope Health & Wellness, a chiropractor in Stuart Florida, we are here to keep your back healthy during this new work from home era. Read on to learn about 4 ways to keep your back healthy while working from home.
Regular Chiropractic Visits
The first step in keeping your back healthy while working from home is to schedule regular chiropractic appointments. Working from home can often mean more sitting. No more commuting, getting up several times a day for meetings, or walking to a nearby restaurant for lunch. In addition, people’s work from home chairs can often be more uncomfortable than what they had at the office. Both of these factors can cause pain throughout the back. When you start to notice back pain, don’t wait, call Hope Health & Wellness right away to schedule a chiropractic appointment.
Sometimes all you need is a chiropractic adjustment to get your spine back on the right track. After hours and hours of slumping over your computer in an uncomfortable chair, it is only natural to begin to feel back pain. A spinal adjustment is a way to correct vertebral subluxations that cause issues like pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms. The chiropractor will manually manipulate your spine with their hands. You may hears some pops and cracks, but rest assured, this is just gases moving around and part of the process! Vertebral subluxations can cause nerve irritation and be harmful to your overall health and wellness. You will be shocked at how much better your entire body feels after an adjustment. The key to reducing back pain with spinal adjustments is to get them done frequently. This is something that can’t just be done once. Your chiropractor will work with you to create a schedule of appointments so that your spine can stay healthy while it adjusts to this new work from home environment.
Sitting all day can be a pain… literally. Office workers may have “desk jobs” but when you are in the office, you are up on your feet a lot more than when working from home. Between walking to meetings, walking to get coffee, and even walking down the hall to the bathroom, office workers often find that they get more steps in at the office than when they are at home. Investing in an adjustable desk can help you to remember to get up every so often. Set an alarm on your phone or watch every hour. When the alarm goes off, adjust your desk to the standing position and work while standing for the next 10 minutes. This is a great way to give your spine a break from being slumped over your computer.
In addition to taking stand breaks with your new adjustable desk, also set an alarm every hour to remind you to get up from your desk entirely and take a break. During this time take a brief walk. Whether this is walking around your house for 10 minutes cleaning things up, or heading outside for a 10-minute stroll, your back will thank you later. One benefit to working from home is that is can be easier to get those movement breaks in. Experiment with exercising in the middle of the day. Instead of taking a full hour for your lunch break, head outside and go on a run or try an online yoga class. An sort of movement break you can give your body will be very helpful to the health of your spine.
Invest in a Comfortable Chair
Last but not least, invest in a comfortable chair. Chances are your chair at work is probably a lot more comfortable than your chair at home. Maybe you don’t even sit in a chair! Some people might even find themselves working from their couch! A lot of offices put money into research and investing in ergonomic chairs and workstations that are comfortable for their employees. Recreate your office ergonomic workstation at home with a comfortable, supportive chair. Do you research, read reviews, and purchase a chair from somewhere with a good return policy so that you can make an exchange or return if you end up not liking the chair. Getting a good chair might not be cheap, but it is crucial to the health of your spine.
Maintaining the health of your back is very important. While it can be relaxing, working from home can actually cause a lot of back pain due to uncomfortable chairs and spending more time in the seated position. Start to decrease your back pain today by making an appointment with Hope Health & Wellness, a chiropractor in Stuart Florida, for a back adjustment. In addition, invest in an adjustable desk, comfortable chair, and be sure to take many breaks throughout the day to move your body. At Hope Health & Wellness, we know how important it is for your back to be pain-free. In fact, back issues can lead to a who range of other physical issues within the body. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.