Does your job have you to stay on your feet all day or require significant physical exertion? Do you come home from a stressful day at work and find yourself reaching for an ice pack? All these experiences at your job can put significant strain and stress on your whole body. Jobs that have strenuous requirements can cause additional wear and tear on the body and that can lead to common issues such as back and neck pain. It is important to receive comprehensive care and support with your medical team, including an orthopedic surgeon and a chiropractor, to help support and treat your pain.
How Your Job Can Lead to Back Pain
You might be wondering how your physical activity at your job can affect you more negatively than your other daily activities. This is generally because physical activities done at work are generally more physically demanding and repetitive, with fewer chances to rest your body and also done for longer periods of time. Choosing to go for a run on the weekend or weight-lifting at the local gym are activities you seek out to stay in shape, get fit, and exercise. Work-related physical exertion is less about exercise and more about repetitive motions that can start to take a toll on your body.
Jobs that require you to be on your feet all day with few opportunities for breaks or jobs that require heavy lifting or to stay in hunched positions for long stretches of time can begin to put stress on your whole body, from your neck and spine to your knees and feet. You may start to develop chronic shoulder pain or pain in your neck, and upper back from poor posture. You may experience significant discomfort and pain in your lower back and legs from all the heavy lifting you do for hours at a time. Stress and strain on your body can also make you more susceptible to injury.
Chiropractors and Job Stress
When it comes to treating an overworked and stressed out body, chiropractors offer a natural, non-invasive treatment option to help address pain and discomfort while also strengthening the body. Chiropractors address a variety of issues by focusing on the spine and nervous system. The nervous system starts at your brain and is supported and housed by the spinal column. The nerves in your body help communicate messages from your brain about every little thing you do, from walking to digesting your meals to experiencing pain. When your spinal column is compromised due to significant wear and tear, this can lead to neurological concerns and pain symptoms, and may lead you to need the care of an orthopedic surgeon.
The spine is what helps support your whole body and it is built to bear your weight and sustain you through a variety of movements. However, when the physical exertion of your job begins to wear on your spine and affect your posture or the muscles surrounding and supporting your spine, you can begin to develop pain and even injuries. Chiropractors study and treat the spine because of its impact on the rest of your body and help develop treatment plans to address pain as well as strengthening and protecting your body from future pain and injury.
Chiropractic Treatments for Job-Related Pain
Chiropractic care for job-related pain and injuries is a low-risk, gentle way to approach neck and back pain. Chiropractors do not prescribe medications nor do they use any invasive procedures like orthopedic surgeons; instead, they focus on identifying areas where the spine is out of alignment and work to restore the spine to its proper positioning. When your body is experiencing proper posture your muscles and surrounding tissues for your spine don’t have to work as hard to support the rest of your body.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for people to seek out medical care. Chiropractors are skilled at identifying misalignments in the spine and addressing a variety of neck and back pain. When you visit a chiropractor, they will likely perform a series of gentle adjustment techniques on your spine to help restore proper posture and also reduce any undue pressure on your nerves. Chiropractors also practice a more holistic approach to treatment in that they will also help provide treatment and techniques for how to improve your posture and strengthen your spine to better withstand daily wear and tear.
Preventative Chiropractic Care
No matter what type of job you have, you will likely experience some type of back pain at one point or another. Chiropractic care is a great way to address pain once you experience it, but it is also great for preventative care. For example, chiropractic care is a great resource for continued care while working a strenuous job with serious physical demands because it can help treat, support, and maintain your spine. At AICA Orthopedics, our team of multi-specialty medical professionals offer you the support you need to keep your body safe and strong while at home and on the job. Call to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor or orthopedic surgeon today.