white collar back pain

White Collar Back Pain

Office work has become the predominant source of back pain in the 21st century

The stats don’t lie: more than a million workers in the US are affected by back pain related complaints each year; and the umbrella category of back pain is responsible for more lost work hours than any other musculoskeletal complaint. While it may make more sense that nurses or construction workers suffer pain due to the demands of movement involved in their jobs, white collar workers face the opposite problem: the demand of no movement, which is proving to be just as insidious when it comes to the spine. 

Back pain risks for white collar workers 

  • Sitting is the worst position for your spine- worse than lying, worse than standing, walking, and running. 
  • Sitting for extended amounts of time compresses the spine and causes disproportionate pressure to the lumbar region. 
  • Sitting is conducive to poor posture, which then compounds the problem of sitting by adding even more pressure, muscle strain and muscle atrophy.

Spinal decompression for white collar back pain

Because there is so much compression of the spine involved in sitting for long periods of time, common injuries for white collar workers include: herniated discs, nerve impingement, degenerative disc disease and sciatica. Spinal decompression is a non-invasive and effective modality for reversing the cause of these conditions. Using a specialized table, we gently stretch the spine to create negative intradiscal pressure between the vertebrae, allowing for an influx of healing nutrients and hydration.

Not only does decompression feel great, with more than 50% of our patients reporting significant pain reduction after just one treatment, but it also really works to improve healing time from spinal injuries such as herniated discs. If you are a white collar worker suffering from chronic back pain, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today. 

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