How a Sedentary Workplace Effects Your Spine

Image of person working at a computer.

Over the past fifty years, we have seen the greatest growth in postural spinal complaints (such as low back pain) since the Industrial Revolution. From 1750-1830 the world leaped forward as machines aided mankind in countless and profound ways. However, one of the unintended consequences of all that immense progress was the creation of the sedentary workplace.

Sitting or standing at machines, in factories and mills every day for long hours, created a whole new set of spinal problems because our bodies are designed to move. Every joint, muscle, ligament, tendon and disc requires movement to maintain proper function and health. When we sit day after day in the same position, our spines begin to adapt to that posture and actually change their original postural shape. On a daily basis in my practice I hear my patients talk about the challenges they face hunched over their computers at their desks. They commonly report low back pain, neck and back stiffness, difficulty getting up from seated position, leg cramps, tingling in the hands and feet, wrist pain, headaches and chronic muscle spasm.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

If these distorted postural changes are left untreated they are likely to create a permanent pattern. Fortunately, these problems can be helped significantly with proper chiropractic care.  I begin with specific spinal adjustments to reverse this progression into dysfunction. Then we support these corrective adjustments with massage therapy, stretching and ergonomic modifications to the work station (chairs, keyboards and monitors).

Let’s face it, computer usage is only going to increase in the future.  Knowing this makes it absolutely necessary that we consider the ramifications. Our health and physical well-being really are at stake. Luckily, we have the means to protect and support our bodies’ postural health during this age of the sedentary workplace. And that means chiropractic care, my friends!

Oh My Aching Back!! Treating Back Pain with Chiropractic

For Decades, Chiropractors have been associated with helping patients with back pain and backaches, and for good reason! We have been so successful at the detection of the cause and treatment of back (spinal) pain.

One of the most common causes of back pain is related to spinal misalignment. When a vertebra misaligns due to trauma, falls, sports injuries, car accidents, etc. or weakens from degeneration or lack of movement, the nerves which exit the spine (there are 31 pairs) can come tractioned, compressed, pinched, irritated or even inflamed. The associated back pain can range from a dull ache, which causes pain when sitting, to a very sharp and electrical pain which commonly travels down the leg.

Most times, the patient is feeling the results of the disk (a cartilage pad between each vertebra) “slipping”, bulging or herniating which puts pressure on the actual spinal nerve. This pressure not only causes pain but actually decreases the function of the nerve creating an interference of normal function.

How Can Chiropractic Help?

With the use of x-ray and careful examination, these misalignment’s (called subluxations) can be detected and corrected by a chiropractor. This correction process is called an adjustment. During a patient’s initial visit, x-rays are performed as well as a comprehensive examination and review of patient history. Your second visit takes about 20 minutes so that I can explain specific challenges and needs as well as discuss how chiropractic care can help you with your back pain and many other issues. Then ongoing, most appointments take no longer than 10-15 minutes.

Every patient and situation is different, depending on age, relative health habits, lifestyle, genetic and history of trauma. I look at all of these factors when developing a course of treatment for you.

Chiropractors are very successful treating back pain – without involving drugs or surgery or their side effects – not to mention time and cost.

If you suffer from back pain, don’t continue to suffer. Call my office at 203-397-7767 and make an appointment. No one deserves to be in pain every day – especially when back pain is treatable.

Dr. Lou

 

Fall is here – which can bring back pain!

th5225GB6HAs we experience the effects of autumn, many of us prepare for fall clean-up (just as we anticipated Spring yardwork after our long winter last year!).

The magnificent New England foliage is inevitably transformed into a leaf gathering and removal exercise. (Remember when we used to burn leaves…oh that autumn smell…).

Here are a few things to remember whether you strap a leaf blower on your back or push one, or if you prefer to rake by hand. First and foremost, please pace yourself in the event you are compelled to get things done too quickly.

Pushing or carrying a leaf blower is an annual project that can take days to complete. This activity will have you putting force on your musculoskeletal system. Raking is a repetitive process…try switching your technique from dominate arm to non-dominant arm (i.e. rake as a lefty and then switch and rake as a righty).

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Regardless of method used, these forces of repetition put pressure on the “weak links” in your muscles – your ligaments, tendons, discs and vertebra. If you are experiencing pain that persists beyond a few days and doesn’t respond to rest or a hot bath, give us a call for a spinal adjustment that will set you straight!

Cofrancesco Chiropractic and Healing Arts can be reached at 203-397-7767.

Stay Active – Stay Well

Dr. Lou

Chiropractic Side Effects

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Over the past 25 years of being a chiropractor, one might think that I’ve heard it all.  But, every day brings on a new experience that humbles and reminds me that chiropractic care has no boundaries. Patients report a number of chiropractic side effects, so we decided to make a list.

Here are some of the most common:

  • Greater range of motion (most commonly reported when backing up your car)
  • Decreased pain and spasm
  • Increased vitality at every level
  • Chronic smiling
  • Advanced sense of well-being
  • A new perspective of patience towards significant others (even teenagers)
  • Spontaneous giggling
  • Noticeably improved posture
  • Frequent outdoor activity
  • Hopscotch , jump-roping and even cartwheels have been reported
  • Embracing your adventurous side
  • A sunny disposition
  • Pep in your step

All right…some of these are tongue and cheek, but you can certainly experience any of these chiropractic side effects at any time, place or age.  Adjusting your spine addresses the source of imbalances in your body – often recognized as stiffness and pain.  When you get adjusted, you release your body’s innate power to heal.  Your nervous system controls every muscle, every organ, and every cell.  When this innate power is released, you reach the greatest potential for growth and healing.

Stay Active – Stay Well!!

Dr. Lou