If you work a desk job, seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis could help your performance more than you realize. Sitting all day can lead to poor posture, sore joints, and stiff muscles, which, altogether, can lead to more physical and mental health problems.
Chiropractors are seeing people even in their early 20s experiencing chronic pain and loss of mobility simply from sitting at their desk at work all day. While there are measures you can take to improve your posture throughout the day, seeking out a chiropractor for regular care can help keep your joints moving freely and prevent pain. At Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa in Peoria, we offer extensive chiropractic care that can help with headaches and migraines, shoulder and back pain, lower back and sciatica pain, as well as prenatal chiropractors, infant chiropractors, and pediatric chiropractors.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation if you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort you think is related to your desk job.
How Sitting Causes Pain & Posture Problems
A day of sitting isn’t going to cause a serious misalignment in your spine, but accumulated days sitting for hours at a time adds significant amounts of stress to your body. When you’re sitting at your computer, hunched over a tablet, or even looking down at a smartphone for long amounts of time, gravity is putting more stress on your spine. This is what causes misalignment, putting a strain on other joints, and even interfering with nerve function.
Pinched or compressed vertebrae — the small bones in your back that form your backbone and protect your spine — can cause health problems that you might not initially attribute to poor posture or a misaligned spine. Some of these symptoms include:
- Headaches or migraines
- Sinus pressure
- Neck pain or tightness
- Tingling in the arms, hands, and legs
- Loss of mobility or pain in your shoulders
Some of these ailments may come as a surprise as they’re seemingly unrelated to the alignment or curve of the spine, but when vertebrae compromise the function of nerves and muscles, there are a whole slew of side effects.
The Goal Is To Realign And Strengthen
If you’re unfamiliar with the chiropractor’s office, one of the first things you’ll notice is how different the examination table is from the one at a regular doctor’s office. That’s because this table is designed to help your chiropractor safely and easily make adjustments to your vertebrae and joints.
Your chiropractor will make adjustments to help alleviate the pressure you’re feeling in different parts of your body, as well as improving the mobility of your joints. Many people experience immediate pain relief after their chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic care doesn’t end after one session, though. If your spine has been out of alignment for a while, it may take a few adjustments to retrain your joints how to move.
On top of that, your chiropractor will suggest exercises and stretches to help strengthen the muscles around the joints and vertebrae that seem to fall out of alignment most easily. By strengthening those muscles, they’ll be able to support your vertebrae more easily to keep your posture in better shape.
Learn Day-To-Day Practices
Not only will your chiropractor realign your spine and suggest exercises to help strengthen your muscles, but they’ll also be able to make recommendations about how to change your lifestyle to improve your posture, mobility, and overall quality of life.
These recommendations could include drinking more water to keep your joints better lubricated, cutting back on sugar or caffeine to reduce dehydration, and implementing a standing workstation or tall stool to help get your on your feet more throughout your workday.
When To Choose A Chiropractor
If you work at a desk job and you’ve been experiencing chronic headaches, neck and shoulder pain, back pain, or any of the above symptoms, visiting a chiropractor could help reduce the pain and discomfort you feel.
While a primary doctor may only continue to treat the symptoms, a chiropractor will be able to treat the root of these health problems. Learn more about our trained chiropractors at Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa, and contact us today to set up a consultation in Peoria. We’ll work with you to create a chiropractic care plan that helps improve your work performance and overall quality of life.