Without a doubt, the #1 position that causes neck and back pain for my patients is sitting at the computer for work. Despite years of ergonomic education, fancy chairs and mouse pad cushions, it’s still a problem out there. Part of the reason is that sitting still, in even the best of postures, for over 30 minutes causes a decrease in circulation to your muscles, discs and fascia (the connective tissue around your muscles). That decrease in circulation makes those tissues stiff and sore — and increases your risk for disc degeneration (as well as heart disease, weight gain, and lots of other undesirables). The human body was made to move, so set a timer and make sure you get up to get water, walk to the printer or simply stretch overhead at least once every 30 minutes.
Even with stretch breaks, if your workstation is not set up to encourage your spine to be in a neutral position, it’s going to put additional strain on your spine and muscles. Watch my video tutorial below on computer desk ergonomics and analyze your workstation to see if you can make it better for your body. I show you my work environment and give you simple solutions to reduce pressure on your neck and back.
If your symptoms persist despite setting up everything correctly, it’s time to see your chiropractor for help. There’s lots of cost-effective and natural solutions they can provide for your pain without drugs or surgery! If you need a chiropractor in the Bloomingdale IL area, I’m happy to help. You can call us or schedule a visit online today. P.S. If you need a McKenzie Lumbar Roll, as mentioned in the video, you can purchase one for $20 at my office or they are also available on Amazon too.