With over a million Americans working from home due to coronavirus stay at home orders, more and more chiropractors are reporting a rise in clients with back pain problems. Located in Glendale, CA, Dr. Jack Alajajian and his staff specialize in non-invasive procedures that help alleviate back pain and body aches, but at the same time, believe prevention is key to ensure the overall health and wellness of his patients. Here are some tips that you can practice while working from home to save your body from aches, pain, and long term health issues.
Avoid the Bed or Couch
While it may seem like one of the perks of not attending meetings in a traditional office, using your bed or couch as a workplace can wreak havoc to your posture and allow for back pain, especially if you’re doing this daily. Instead, try to create a separation from your work and rest spaces by using a desk and chair and mimicking your normal workstation at the office as much as possible. When sitting in a chair, make sure your feet can rest flat on the floor for blood to flow throughout your body without restriction. If your chair doesn’t have good lower back support, add pillows or a cushion for more comfort.
Incorporate Standing Work
Sitting for long hours at a desk and chair may strain your back and neck. A good way to lessen this strain is to alternate between sitting and standing while you work. Whether it's taking calls while you walk or installing a standing desk to rotate with a desk and chair, the important idea is to reduce the amount of time you’re spending in one work position.
Frequent breaks to stretch and move around are beneficial for lessening the strain that comes from staying in a sitting position for long hours. Dr. Alajajian and his staff recommend taking a 15-minute break to stretch or to walk around the house will help relax your muscles, increase blood flow, and reduce numbness. A change of scenery such as moving to a different workspace in the house is also beneficial.
Dr. Jack Alajajian and his staff operate ChiroCareLA.com at 815 E Colorado Suite 250, Glendale, CA, 91205. Call 818-246-3600.