Many may think of back problems as being something only blue collar workers have to worry about, but that cushy office job can wreak havoc on a person's back as well. Sitting at a desk for hours on end can have serious consequences.
According to the Bureau of Labor, injuries that affect workers most commonly occur in the shoulder, back, legs, arms, abdomen, and wrist. Many of these injuries are common in offices.
What Causes Injuries in the Workplace?
Falls are one of the most common issues. Falls are most often caused by slippery floors, dim lighting, loose carpeting, or objects on the floor. All of these problems affect offices. Other common injuries come from sitting for long periods of time, using a keyboard all day, and lifting heavy items the wrong way. Here are a few safety measures to keep in mind.
- Lift with your legs - if you have to pick something up, be sure to bend at the knees and not just at the waist.
- Use a headset - Holding the phone with your neck to free up both hands can result in neck injuries.
- Get an ergonomic keyboard and mouse - They can really help you to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Get an ergonomic chair or a standing desk - This will reduce pressure on the lumbar area of the back.
- Take breaks - Don't sit at your desk for more than 45 minutes straight. Just walk around the office a few minutes if you can't go anywhere.
- Use lumbar support when driving - This is especially important if you have a long commute or spend a lot of time in traffic.
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Upper Cervical Support
Your neck deals with a lot of strain at the office too, especially if your monitor is not right at eye level. An upper cervical chiropractor can help you to ensure that a repetitive motion injury does not occur in your neck. A misalignment of the upper cervical spine can have far reaching effects on the body.
At Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Sacramento, we use both the NUCCA technique and QSM3 to diagnose and correct upper cervical misalignments. Whether you spend a lot of time at your desk or have fallen in the workplace, I strongly recommend an examination.
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