Are you suffering from a condition nicknamed the “office worker syndrome”? This condition is characterized by intense or chronic back pain, frequent headaches, and stiffness in the shoulders and neck. It also often comes with daily feelings of stress, anxiety and low motivation. While your job may be requiring you to sit down in front of the computer most of the time, the symptoms of the office worker syndrome also can make it more difficult for you to gather the energy and drive to stand up and move. It’s a dangerous cycle: You’re sitting down all the time, and all that sitting leads to a host of ailments that render it difficult for you to be mobile.
Office worker syndrome is becoming a widespread condition today. While some people may think that athletic people or those who are constantly doing backbreaking, physical work are prone to muscle aches and pains, an NYC chiropractor reveals that people living sedentary lifestyles are facing the same, if not higher, risks to musculoskeletal and bodily pains.In fact, a huge number of chiropractic clients are office workers – their long hours of desk work through the years have led to various conditions, from carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic joint pain, osteoporosis, disc damage, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, even depression.
While you may not be able to avoid the requirements of your everyday tasks that need you to work on your desk all the time, there are a number of changes you can implement to increase your movement, improve your circulation and invest in your health and wellness.
‘Sneak’ physical activity into your everyday life. Maximize the moments that allow you to get moving. When commuting, stand up on the train or bus. If driving, park in a spot that will allow you to take a fairly long walk to your building. Use the stairs as much as you can (e.g., go to the restrooms on the next level). Look for fast, easy exercises you can do in between breaks or even while doing some work.
Be aware of your posture.Slouching makes sitting even more dangerous to your health, as it will lead to aches and pains after some time. Choose a chair that supports your back; make sure that the height of your desk and the position of the monitor do not cause too much strain in your neck and shoulders.
Seek expert help.Pain means your body is trying to tell you something. Don’t ignore your discomfort as it can get worse or trigger other, more serious conditions if left untreated. The holistic approach of chiropractic to healing can help you not just address isolated pains and aches – it can also allow you to have a clearer view of the state of your health and have a better understanding of how you can help your body recover and get back to wellness.