Monday, September 26, 2022

With the skyrocketing costs of healthcare today, companies are looking for ways to save money and to increase productivity wherever possible. On-site chiropractic care just might be the answer. Research shows that chiropractic care increases workplace productivity, and at the same time, decreases the amount of time an employee is out of the office for treatment, resulting in tremendous savings in overall healthcare costs.

Low back pain is one of the main reasons employees miss work, but also one of the issues easily prevented and treated with chiropractic care. In addition, chiropractors are uniquely trained in understanding the importance of proper biomechanics in regard to general injury prevention at the office. Training employees in proper ergonomics can save them for having chronic repetitive stress injuries, which can also lead to lost income for both the employee and the company. With a chiropractor on site potential injuries can be detected and treated before the problem occurs.

In the absence of an on-site chiropractor or regular chiropractic care, there are a number of practical measures you can take to prevent injury. Be aware of your posture! The straighter you sit, the less likely you are to injure your back. Make sure your computer screen is at eye level and that your hands are dropped slightly so they are comfortably at rest when typing; neither too high nor too low. During the work day, make sure to get up and walk around every 30 minutes so you are not staring at the computer for a long period of time. Finally, when sitting, there are a number of stretches and exercises you can do to further prevent strain.

1. The forward bend: Bend forward in the seated position and touch your toes and hold the position for a few seconds while breathing normally.

2. Upward salute: Sit up as straight as possible reaching both arms up over your head, palms facing together (avoid locking your elbows). Stretch and hold while breathing normally.

3. Spinal twist: Place your left hand on your right knee and right arm on the back of the chair. Breath in and twist to the right. Repeat in the opposite direction.

4. One-arm hug: Take your left arm and grab your right shoulder. Gently pull the shoulder in toward you and release. Repeat with the right arm.

Too many of us spend too much time suffering from back pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, stress, and exhaustion. With these simple changes to your daily routine, you can save yourself time and money. You will have more energy and as a result, your productivity will be increased and your stress level will drop.

Dr. Marc Berkson is a licensed Chiropractor and cold laser specialist who is available for home visits and consultations. Dr. Berkson has been working in chiropractic and pain management for over 10 years and can be reached at [email protected]

By Marc Berkson

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