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West Palm Beach Work from Home: A Painful Dream Come True? Chiropractic Can Help.

Santa doesn’t just sit at a desk for work! He is out exploring the world, in and out of a sleigh, arranging the help of others (elves and reindeer!) to do some of the hard, back-breaking work. However, he also works from his home/workshop which surely brings him similar stresses and pain like it does for the rest of us who now realize the dream of working from home. However, we can learn from his example. He does not just sit at a desk. He gets help for challenging chores. He moves! Chiropractic Care encourages all of our West Palm Beach work-from-home friends to do the same as well as arrange pain-decreasing chiropractic treatment for the back pain, neck pain, shoulder, and other pain(s) you may now have.


Working from home: the dream of many…until the dream came true. There are some amazing statistics on how work-from-home has altered so many of us. One study of 232 telecom employees found that 39% had more pain in the low back, 48% in the upper back/neck, and 27% in their hands. Only 33% said they did not have any such musculoskeletal pain issues. (Women said that they experienced more issues than men.) 30% worked in a separate room at home, 32% worked in a separate section of a room with other people of the home, 38% worked in a non-separate area like the dining room. 41% didn’t use an office chair; 32% sat in an ergonomic chair. 71% were bothered by constant or occasional disruptions. 52% put in more work hours a day. Only 30% took recurrent breaks. (1) Students experienced much the same as did workers when their learning and teaching was performed at home: low back pain for 73%, neck pain for 69%, shoulder pain for 59%. Influencing factors for students were pain, academic stresses, personal/emotional issues, work environment, and time with the computer. (2) For the work-from-home dream to come true with less pain demands some preparation. Your West Palm Beach chiropractor is ready to help you prepare.


Any new venture necessitates a plan. Beginning without the plan backfires for many. 89% of new-to-working-at-home workers who replied to a survey stated some musculoskeletal pain. Upper back pain was described as being a result of nonergonomic work environments with suboptimal computer configurations while nonergonomic postures were linked to headache and low back pain. (3) A study of university employees found that 61% of them experienced more musculoskeletal pain working from home with neck, shoulder and low back pain being the most often experienced. Women reported significantly more pain than men. The height of the seat an the distance of the monitor were significant risk factors for discomfort and pain in work-from-home employees. (4)


There is hope! Regardless of the new work-from-home trend that prompted more sedentary lifestyles, decreased physical activity, and greater musculoskeletal pain like back pain, researchers remarked that exercise and less sitting around successfully cut low back pain and even ‘cured’ it for participants in their study. (5) Chiropractic Care offers some simple, gentle exercises for our West Palm Beach chiropractic patients. Start them after we perform a thorough exam and you start noticing relief with our gentle chiropractic spinal manipulation care.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. John Murray on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes relieving chiropractic care for back and neck pain patients with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management on The Cox®8 Table.

Schedule your West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment soon. Be like Santa: move, get help with the heavy lifting, adapt your workspace! Happy Holidays!

West Palm Beach back, neck, shoulder pain from working at home as exhibited by Santa
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