Although making a living from your home office keeps you safe from COVID-19, it also makes you prone to other health issues. According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractors have been noticing several damaging work-from-home spine and joint problems. If you want to find out more about such issues, here’s what you should know.
Those who work from their desks at home usually haunch over their computers and devices. Because of their wrong posture, their spine becomes misaligned. Subluxations cause pain. When you look down at your device screen, your shoulders and neck tend to be more forward. If you sustain this position for hours each day, your neck and shoulders become tense and painful. Experts say that if untreated, this poor posture eventually results in your lower neck’s disc degeneration.
Working at home brings more havoc to your spine health because you tend to move less. You usually force yourself to finish your work in one sitting. At your workplace office before the pandemic, you moved more. You commuted to the office, walked to the break room, stepped out to get lunch, and walked to the bus stop to get back home. These tiny trips accumulate and cause you to strengthen your body.
At home, you don’t move much because your kitchen, living room, or even bedroom is your new office. Even if you want to work out, you can’t because a trip to the gym will put your health in jeopardy. Sitting all day as you work on your computer puts a lot of pressure on your lumbar and sacral spines. Although your lumbar spine is thick and sturdy because it’s built to support your body weight, immobility makes it stiff and painful.
Typing for hours in a day results in this type of pain. Although your spine health suffers a lot from your desk work at home, other parts of your body sustain pain as well. Your fingers and wrist tend to tire, tense up, and hurt because you type on your keyboard all day and even for hours in the evening. Many work-from-home professionals develop carpal tunnel syndrome because of their prolonged computer work.
Back in the office before the pandemic, you had short and long breaks that took you away from typing for a while every single day. Now that you’re working from home all the time, you find it difficult to move away from your keyboard. You don’t even take a short break anymore because you can always eat and drink while you type. Excessive and continuous use of your hands and wrists causes pain.
The pandemic has forced everyone to work from home to stay safe and healthy. Even so, spinal and joint problems start to surface. At Oropeza Chiropractic Wellness Center, we remind our patients to see us regularly so that we can help maintain their optimal health. Please visit our clinic in Key West, Florida, for an in-person consultation. You can contact us at 305-440-1614 if you want to schedule an appointment. We can also answer your questions about our chiropractic treatment packages for spine and joint health.