Posts Categorized as: Work Injury

I Sit All Day - How Can I Stop This Pain!?

By now you've probably heard the phrase "Sitting is the new smoking".  Obviously they are two drastically different activities but the one similar outcome that studies have proven is that both can dramatically shorten your lifespan.   We of course knew this about smoking a long time ago.  While smoking is a choice, sitting is pretty unavoidable.  Unfortunately the alternative, standing all day, does not actually improve outcomes either.

From the macro to the micro our bodies need movement to survive.  We need both physical exercise daily and also down to the joint level we need smooth, unrestricted movement between our bones (what chiropractic adjustments provide).  The best alternative for sitting or standing all day is simply a little of BOTH!  A sit-stand desk of some sort is the key, along with frequent walks around the office as much as the job permits throughout the day.  A HUGE part of all of this movement stuff is just plain getting ourselves out of the bad posture we all end up with when sitting or standing at a computer for long periods of time.

So what does "bad posture" really mean?  Well, it's the slumped forward upper back, the shoulders forced forward as we reach for the keyboard (or phones), and the forward positioning of the head that keeps getting worse the longer we are sitting.  We've all seen it and we all do it.

 

It's almost impossible to sit up tall with perfect posture all day which is why to make up for this I tell all my patients who work at a desk to do these 3 simple (but admittedly difficult to be consistent with) stretches hourly ideally or at least 3 times during a workday.

1.  Relief Stretch - Sit up straight, pull your neck back so your head is directly above (and not in front of) your body.  At the same time pull your arms back with a stretch in the front of your chest as you inhale slowly for about 3 seconds and relaxing everything as you exhale.  Do 3 in a row.

 

 

2.  Upper Trap Stretch - Sit up tall, sit on one hand and with the other hand pull just the head (not the body) to the opposite side and hold a good stretch for 30 seconds.  Do the other side too!

 

 

3.  Levator Stretch - Sit up tall while sitting on one hand.  Turn head half way to opposite shoulder and with free arm have elbow directly in front of your face while the hand grabs the back of yourhead and pulls it downward.

 

 

Just the fact alone that you are more aware of your posture and breaking up that bad pattern of sitting throughout the day can make a huge difference in how much upper back and neck pain, or even potentially headaches, you'll get.

I hope this was helpful.  Please feel free to "like" and share this post with friends and co-workers who could use a reminder on posture or are dealing with pain from sitting too much.  There will likely be some of you who won't be able to get over your pain with stretches and exercises alone which means seeing a chiropractor to get to the root of the problem is a good idea.  If you've dealt with pain and can't seem to shake it give me call at 612-655-3073 or shoot me an email at DrAdam@FullMotionChiropractic.com with any questions you may have or to set up an appointment!  My office is conveniently located near downtown Hopkins, MN with office hours Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.

 

Who Do I See For This Pain?

After seeing thousands of people in over 13 years of practice there are definitely a few patterns that emerge among my patients.  A big one is that the majority of people still think that when they are in pain they should go to their "doctor" first.  By this, they generally mean their MD, or Medical Doctor.  Often they don't realize that chiropractors not only ARE doctors, but that we are trained as musculoskeletal pain specialists, much more so than a typical family physician.  An MD's only "treatment" option for things like back and neck pain is prescription drugs, typically a muscle relaxer and a pain killer (and hopefully a referral to their local chiropractor if they have been educated or have personal experience with what chiropractors can do).

So when is a good time to see a chiropractor?  In an ideal world everyone would see their chiropractor on a regular basis throughout the year not only to prevent pain but also because chiropractic adjustments help the body to function at it's peak.   Of course in the "real world" this isn't the case.  How often depends on many factors from a person's age, physical fitness level or past injury history.  Frequency of need is likely going to be different for each person.

In the "real world" however, most people go to a chiropractor once they feel pain or discomfort somewhere in their body.  Back and neck pain are by far the most common reason people see a chiropractor but there are tons of other issues that chiropractic can help with.  Most headaches, for instance, actually respond quicker to chiropractic adjustments than almost any other ailment I treat.  Also pretty much any joint pain may benefit from chiropractic care.  Did you know chiropractor adjust shoulders, knees, ankles, feet, wrists and even elbows!

Some common non-spinal issues that chiropractic care can benefit are carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, knee pain, and also sports injuries like sprained ankles.  A chiropractor should actually come to mind as the first "doctor" to go to whenever any of these arise.  In addition to chiropractic adjustments, at Full Motion Chiropractic here in Hopkins, MN I use other therapies such as electrical muscle stim (EMS), kinesiotaping with Rocktape, custom foot orthotics from Foot Levelers using a laser guided 3-D foot scanner and rehabilitative exercises to stablize and strengthen injured soft tissues for long-term recovery.

If you're dealing with pain and sick of taking drugs that just mask the problem, now is the time to see a chiropractor.  If you live or work in the West metro area of Minneapolis you're definitely welcome to come to Full Motion Chiropractic in Hopkins, MN.  I promise I'll give you the best chiropractic care possible.  I'm in network with virtually every insurance company that covers chiropractic care including Health Partners, Blue Cross, Medica, United Health Care, Preferred One, UCare and many more.  Walk-ins are also welcome!  My office is open every Monday through Thursday with patient hours from 8:30am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm.  Call today at 612-655-3073, email me at DrAdam@FullMotionChiropractic.com or click HERE to request an appointment online!

 

Chiropractic Can Alleviate Need for Back Surgery

The latest statistics show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries annually in the US. Although in some cases it's necessary to have back surgery, the reality is that if you can avoid this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Full Motion Chiropractic is here to make sure that patients in Hopkins have a natural, non-surgical option for back problems. We've helped many patients recover from back pain without the need for surgery.

There are countless reasons to avoid unnecessary medical treatments: Surgeries often result in a longer recuperation time and complications, neither of which is an acceptable scenario. Luckily, as one study has found, chiropractic care may actually keep you out of the operating room altogether!

In this paper, about 1,900 workers with back injuries were evaluated over a three year period. When the workers first sought care with a surgeon, over 42 percent ended up having back surgery. For those who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

These findings mean that chiropractic care can help you recover from back pain without surgery.

If you live in the Hopkins area, Dr. Adam Sagedahl at Full Motion Chiropractic can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (612) 655-3073 for more information or an appointment.

Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, et al. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-964.

 

Hopkins, MN Work Disability and How Chiropractic Can Help

Dr. Sagedahl has been helping people with work injuries since starting into practice in 2004. Chiropractic care may lower work absenteeism for back and neck pain, according to recent research. In a new survey, chiropractic patients tended to miss fewer work days compared to patients who hadn't seen a chiropractor.

In this recent study, 650 laborers in Minnesota who had back and/or neck pain were questioned. The authors found that many of those surveyed stated that their back pain caused them to lose work or caused them to make errors on the job.

The most significant discovery, however, was that the employees who saw a chiropractic physician had 58% fewer disability days than those who didn't see a chiropractor!

Countless studies report that chiropractic care is the optimal way to treat and even prevent back pain, and that's what we have observed at Full Motion Chiropractic here in Hopkins, MN.

Call our office today at (612) 655-3073 for a consultation or for more advice.

Reference: Cifuentes M, Willetts J, Wasiak R. Health maintenance care in work-related low back pain and its association with disability recurrence. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2011; 53(4): 396-404.