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How to Manage Back Pain at Work

Man suffering from back pain at work at his desk, representing Pain Relief Chiropractor Pinellas Park.

Managing back pain isn’t always simple. When you’re dealing with soreness while on the clock, it can be difficult to concentrate on your work and accomplish the things you need to do. Sitting or standing for long periods can feel impossible with back pain, so visit Maximum Health Clinic of Chiropractic for the relief you need. We provide a number of effective techniques to reduce pain in our patients, and back pain tends to respond very well to chiropractic. There are also a few things you can do to mitigate the discomfort at work. Here are our top tips for managing back pain while on the job. 

Try Hot and Cold Compress

A quick fix is to use hot or cold compress to relieve the pain. Heat is a great option for muscle strains. If you’ve overworked your back muscles, a heating pad placed at the small of your back can increase your comfort. Heat boosts circulation to sore areas and can speed up the healing process. On the other hand, cold compress is great for immediate injuries as it reduces swelling and mitigates the pain. It works opposite to hot compress, since the cold will reduce blood flow to an injury and lower inflammation. Both provide benefits you can easily produce while at work. 

Use an Ergonomic Setup

We often underestimate the physical impacts of an uncomfortable desk. The position of your monitor, chair height and your sitting position have profound effects on the spine and lower back muscles. If your keyboard is too high up, or if your monitor isn’t the right height, you may end up straining your lower back as you strain forward. Adjust your chair so that your feet are flat on the ground with knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Be sure to position your monitor so that it is eye level and you do not have to crane your neck forward or back. This ensures the spine remains straight and the core is engaged, which supports your back all day long. 

Get Up and Move

Sitting at a desk all day impacts your spinal health, so be sure to fix underlying lifestyle choices on top of immediate changes. One of the most harmful effects of prolonged sitting is the pressure it puts on your spine, which often leads to a sore back. However, getting up and moving every half hour has proven benefits. It’s possible to prevent harmful effects by getting out of your chair and doing light exercise. Use your lunch break to go for a walk, and get up every so often to stretch and do gentle stretches. Exercise is one of the most powerful ways to prevent pain, so you will want to incorporate it into your general lifestyle. 

Change Up Your Workflow

If your work consists of repetitive tasks, such as typing and using a mouse, try to organize your workday so you can break up these tasks and avoid overusing the muscles. Use wrist supports and back supports so you can keep good posture all day long and minimize strain. This is true for labor-intensive jobs as well. If you do frequent lifting, ensure you are lifting properly so that you do not strain your back muscles, and take frequent breaks. 

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For long term relief, you’ll want to visit a chiropractor. Discover how to solve your back pain at Maximum Health Clinic of Chiropractic

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