Poor Ergonomics Could Be Causing Your Pain: Alameda Chiropractor
As chiropractors, we see plenty of patients whose pain derives from poor ergonomics at work. Technology has become a double-edged sword, notes chiropractor Scott Bautch, a member of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Occupational Health. It makes many tasks easier – but it also tends to encourage poor posture. Watch anyone using a laptop, for example. He or she is likely to be hunched over because the monitor is too low.
Once you develop poor postural habits, they become second nature – leading to painful misalignments and nerve impingements.
Here are some suggestions to avoid the effects of repetitive motions or incorrect posture and positioning.
- Be mindful of your head position, and try to keep the weight of your head directly above its base of support (neck). Don’t stretch or crane your head and neck forward.
- Use posture-friendly props when driving or sitting at your desk, such as footrests, lumbar back supports or even a towel or small pillow.
- Make sure the weight of your arms is supported at all times. If your arms are not supported, it will strain the muscles of your neck and shoulders. A good portion of your forearm should be supported, not just your wrists on the keypad.
- Avoid sitting in a way that places body weight more on one side than on the other.
- Your eyes should be at the same height as the top of the monitor. Leaning your head forward can lead to headaches and neck pain.
- When typing, keep your wrists straight, your shoulders perpendicular to the floor and your forearms parallel to the floor.
- Use a headset if you spend a lot of time talking on the phone. If you hold the phone between your shoulder and cheek, you’ll be prone to neck pain and headaches.
- Take micro-breaks to stretch your neck, arms and wrists, back and legs. Simple stretches include neck rotations, fist clenches, arm dangles and shoulder shrugs. Also, take a two-minute break from sitting every half an hour or so to stretch, stand up or walk around.
- Rest feet flat on the floor and avoid putting excessive pressure on heels or toes. Avoid wearing high heels regularly. They can affect the body’s center of gravity, changing the alignment of the entire body.
If you do have postural problems, chiropractic can help. In fact, correct posture is at the core of Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). Using CBP techniques – the most researched and results-oriented type of chiropractic care – can help realign the spine back to health.
Symmetry Health Center is among only a handful of chiropractic care facilities in Oakland and Alameda, California, certified in CBP. Dr. Cynthia Boyd and her chiropractic staff use state-of-the-art technology and equipment to diagnose and treat spinal conditions and postural distortions.
Contact us today to determine whether you are a candidate for care at one of our Symmetry Health Center locations in Oakland or Alameda.