Did you know that sitting at a desk all day could have negative impacts on the musculoskeletal system and possibly affect your movement? So says the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). CCOHS asserts that prolonged sitting can cause injuries to the muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments—the parts of the body that are responsible for movement. That is why it is no surprise that many office workers seek help to alleviate aches and pains through chiropractic care. If you have suffered injuries from limited mobility at work, you too should seek chiropractic care.
Poor posture and musculoskeletal conditions
Simply sitting at a desk for prolonged hours without much movement is enough to cause damage to your musculoskeletal system. But when you add slouching and hunching at your desk, you compound the problem and cause misalignment. Therefore, many musculoskeletal problems that occur in office workers stem from poor posture.
Some conditions office workers may experience include:
- Neck pain
- Arm pain
- Pain and loss of function in shoulders
- Lower back tightness and pain
- Sciatic nerve pain
Ways chiropractic care can help office workers
Studies have revealed that when patients who suffer from musculoskeletal problems seek chiropractic care, they are able to return to work sooner than when they seek help from traditional medical treatment. These studies also showed that office workers saw significant savings in their overall medical costs. Chiropractors not only have the ability to treat musculoskeletal conditions and other work-related injuries but focus on reducing the likelihood of reoccurrence by helping patients to find self-management strategies as well. Additionally, traditional medicine focuses on treating the symptoms of musculoskeletal problems. On the other hand, chiropractic care focuses on identifying and fixing the root cause of the problem instead of masking symptoms.
What to expect when you visit a chiropractor
Before you start chiropractic treatment, the chiropractor will request a full medical history and conduct a physical examination to determine a diagnosis. During this physical exam, the chiropractor will test flexibility, muscle strength, joint health and other functions. He or she may use x-rays and other tests as part of the diagnostic process. After a cause of the problem has been identified, the chiropractor will create a treatment plan. To treat you, he or she will use hands-on manipulation, massages and in some cases electrical stimulation and other techniques to help alleviate your aches and pains. In addition to alleviating aches and pains, chiropractic care makes your muscles, bones and the rest of your musculoskeletal system stronger. When your body is stronger you will be less prone to other musculoskeletal injuries in the future.
Do you need chiropractic care in Burnaby or surrounding areas?
If you are suffering from work-related musculoskeletal problems, come see us at Pacific Health and Sports Therapy. Our chiropractic and massage therapy clinic is located in Burnaby, near New Westminster and Coquitlam. We are also open 7 days a week for your convenience.
At Pacific Health, we provide chiropractic care using the latest techniques guided by advanced rehabilitation knowledge. We aim to go above and beyond expectation at all times. Additionally, our staff recognizes that one style of treatment does not fit all. That is why we use a combination of treatment strategies to provide effective care. Treatment techniques include chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy such as Active Release Techniques (ART) and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Cold Laser Therapy, and athletic taping. This well-rounded approach helps place us at the forefront of healthcare providers. So, why suffer any longer? Give us a call to schedule an appointment today.