Chiropractic Care Treats Ergonomic Stresses & Injuries
Poor posture and ergonomics are frequent causes for chronic back pain, neck pain and musculoskeletal injuries. For example, one of the most common workplace-related injuries is carpal tunnel syndrome, a progressively painful condition caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. Back pain and neck pain are also increasingly common and frequently triggered by straining the spine while typing or working at a desk. Without proper treatment, these ergonomic injuries can trigger pain for months or even years. Our chiropractor Dr. Brian Dower has substantial experience treating posture and ergonomic stress-related injuries. Chiropractic care is an effective treatment technique for naturally managing pain and supporting the body’s internal healing process.
Drug-Free Pain Relief for Ergonomic Stresses & Injuries
Computer use is frequently linked to ergonomic strains that trigger back pain, neck pain, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), and carpal tunnel syndrome. Poor quality office furniture and poor posture are a recipe for pain. For example, many individuals may cross their ankles and lean forward while typing. Poor lighting and difficult to reach phones and keyboards increase ergonomic strain. When the neck and shoulders strain forward, this places pressure on the spine, which in turn triggers pain. Simple adjustments to computer position and posture help relieve this pain.
If your pain is linked to poor posture and ergonomic stress, Dr. Dower will evaluate your current workplace habits and environment. According to the guidelines set forth by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), computer users should be able to work efficiently without reaching the body or straining the neck and shoulders. Elbows should remain close to the body and individuals should not crane the neck to see a monitor or reach a phone. CCOHS recommends maintaining 20 to 40 inches between eyes and the monitor. Dr. Dower will also evaluate the height and placement of your office chair; chairs should be adjusted so the back is flush against the seat rest and feet are flat on the floor. This adjustment supports the lumbar spine and prevents spinal compression.
Poor ergonomics can also lead to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a painful condition characterized by a pinched nerve in the wrist. While a number of different factors contribute to CTS, the most common is a repetitive motion injury. One can also get tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) from constant repetitive motion. Swelling in the wrist compresses the median nerve, which triggers a radiating and numbing pain sensation. If you suffer from CTS pain, continuing to type without seeking treatment will only further aggravate this pain.
Chiropractic adjustments can make a significant difference for CTS pain. Dr. Dower’s gentle adjustments restore proper alignment to the wrist, reducing swelling and internal inflammation. Spinal adjustments are also important for relieving overall pain and supporting proper posture. Our chiropractor finds that non-invasive treatments, like chiropractic care, are far more effective than surgical intervention and delivers the best results for our patients.
If you are suffering from back pain, neck pain, tennis elbow, CTS, or extremity pain due to ergonomic stresses, proactive care is the best way to alleviate this pain. For your convenience Dr. Dower is available for in-office and in-home ergonomic assessments. Contact Dr. Dower today!