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Top Workplace Ergonomics Tips

As a child, you may have heard someone tell you to “sit up straight, don’t slouch, keep both feet flat on the ground and keep your head up.” At the time, you didn’t realize these instructions would be valuable in workplace. But they are as relevant today as they were back then.

In today’s work environment, many of us are sitting longer at computers and other workstations. The longer we sit, the more prone we are to back and shoulder pain. However, despite the discomfort, very few of us are thinking about proper workplace ergonomics.

Workplace ergonomics can play a key role in helping to treat and prevent pain and injuries. Ergonomics means “fitting a job to a person” and when that is done correctly, it can help lessen muscle fatigue, increase productivity, and reduce the number and severity of work-related injuries.

Some of the common injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist), low-back pain, tendinitis (an inflammation in arm or leg), bursitis (inflammation in shoulder or elbow), neck pain and headaches.

  1. Fortunately, these are treatable with ergonomic adjustments, such as:
    Sitting up straight: Good posture helps prevent injury and pain while improving your mood and reducing stress on your muscles, joints, and spine.
  2. Adjusting chair position: The chair’s height should allow your feet to rest flat on the floor and knees at a 90° angle.
  3. Adjusting your screen: The screen should be adjusted to the proper level so that your eyes are level with or slightly higher than the top of the monitor.
  4. Standing and stretching: To maintain proper workplace ergonomics, take breaks to move and stretch frequently.

If you feel that you’re suffering from musculoskeletal issues or back pain, you may benefit from a chiropractic adjustment. Contact our office today to request your appointment.

Visiting the Chiropractor While Pregnant

During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through countless physical and hormonal changes that are needed to provide a healthy environment for a growing baby. The changes not only cause discomfort, such as pain and nausea, but in some cases, lead to protracted labors and difficult deliveries.  The good news is that regular visits to the chiropractor can bring relief to the discomfort of pregnancy and potential difficulties of the birthing process.   

There is no need to stop seeing a chiropractor once you become pregnant, in fact, if you are not getting regular adjustments from a licensed chiropractor, during pregnancy is a great time to start. A trained practitioner may use tables that adjust to a pregnant woman’s growing belly and techniques that avoid putting unneeded pressure on the abdomen, which will allow you to experience the benefits of spinal adjustments during all three trimesters.   

As your baby progresses and becomes heavier, your center of gravity shifts, leading to changes in your posture. These changes are attributed to the aches and pains commonly felt by expectant mothers. Adjustments by a chiropractor may help manage pain in your back, hips and joints by re-establishing balance and alignment to your pelvis and spine. This will not only help you feel better, but can have benefits for your baby as well. When your pelvis is balanced and aligned, your baby will have less intrauterine constraint and make it easier for him or her to move into the best position for birth, which is rear-facing with head down. This may lead to a faster, easier labor and delivery.

Another benefit a chiropractor can provide is to help alleviate nausea, one of the most common pregnancy symptoms, especially in the first trimester. A spinal alignment can improve nervous system functions, leading to a healthier hormone balance that can lessen or eliminate nausea. If your nausea is being caused by heartburn and indigestion, a chiropractor can use techniques to help improve digestive issues. Not only may your nausea lessen, but improved nervous and digestive systems will lead to an overall healthier pregnancy. 

It is always recommended that you consult with your doctor before receiving chiropractic treatment. If you are experiencing placenta previa or placenta abruption, an ectopic pregnancy, or have moderate to severe toxemia, chiropractic treatment is not typically recommended.  While all chiropractors are trained on how to treat pregnant woman, there are some who specialize in the practice. Ask your practitioner for more details.   

At Spine Wellness Center, we strive to provide the highest level of chiropractic and care for the entire family. If you’re interested in a prenatal or postnatal chiropractic exam or want to learn more about our Clinton, MD practice, now is the perfect time to give us a call and learn more about the pros and cons of chiropractic services while pregnant.