If you are missing work days because you are suffering from severe back or joint pain, it may be time to evaluate the ergonomic atmosphere of your workplace. It is possible to sustain injuries that can lead to chronic pain in almost any type of job, even if you work in an office. Here are some of the most potentially harmful behaviors that could take place in your working environment:
- Lifting heavy objects: Any time you have to lift an object, it is important to remember to maintain proper posture in order to support the extra weight without straining your back or deep muscles. Always take the extra moment to ensure that you have a stable position over the object you are lifting, and avoid lifting anything over your head.
- Spending extended time in an office chair: You might not think that sitting down could be the source of damage to your musculoskeletal system, but it can generate pressure on your lower back and your neck. If you do need to sit all day, be sure to take breaks at least once every hour to get up and stretch your muscles.
- Performing repetitive motions: When you have to type or write all day, you are using the same muscles again and again, which can create an imbalance in your body and lead to repetitive motion injuries. Extra strain is placed on a small area of ligaments and tendons, so they can be subject to inflammation and pain. Break up your day by stretching the muscles in the areas prone to pain throughout the workday.
For more tips to help you stay well at work, or to obtain treatment for existing pain, visit Pain & Wellness Center in Peabody. Our interdisciplinary pain management clinic can tailor a plan suited specifically to the needs of your body. You can schedule a consultation with us on our website or by calling us at (978) 826-7230.