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5 Easy Ways to Relieve Back Pain at Work

Hey you! Yes, you… we see you over there slouching. Even as you’re reading this, you’re hunched over your phone, tablet, or computer taking in this scolding and denying that we can actually see you. 

While all of that is true, the ironic part is that while you clicked on an article about how to relieve back pain, you are probably currently sitting or standing in a position that directly causes your back pain. So we’re going to challenge you to sit the way you’re supposed to sit for the next 3 minutes. Put your shoulders back, keep your head up, plant your feet firmly on the ground, and read on my friends.

Time starts… NOW!

Back pain is more common than you think

A large majority of our customers come to us because they are experiencing back pain in one form or another. The reality is, at least eight out of ten people in America will experience back pain at some point in their life. Astoundingly, a large majority of this back pain will become chronic back pain after a patient experiences regular discomfort over a period of at least three months. Perhaps you wouldn’t guess this, but our friends that work in offices and sit at desks all day are more likely to suffer from chronic back pain than are people who work in physically demanding jobs. 

This fact might surprise you, but when you ponder over it, it makes sense. When you are sitting for a long period of time in the same spot, your spine begins to feel added pressure to it because it’s stuck in an unnaturally curved state. In fact, 100% Chiropractic says, “Sitting in this position puts around 200 pounds of pressure on your lumbar spine, or your lower back.” No wonder you experience so much back pain. 

Luckily, we have some simple solutions to reduce or alleviate some of your back pain. These tips are easy to implement and can result in a huge difference in the amount of back pain you feel daily. 

Still sitting with good posture? Let’s jump in. 

5 Tips for Minimizing Back Pain at the Office

1. Check your chair

In a perfect world, all office chairs would have lower lumbar support to comfortably accommodate the natural curvature of your spine, allowing you to sit back comfortably. However, the reality is that most office chairs don’t. Does this mean that you should continue to have posture like the Hunchback of Notre Dame? NO. Bring in a pillow, blanket, or a towel to position behind your lower back to make sitting more comfortable.

Also, be sure to adjust the height of your chair so that your feet can rest flat on the floor. This will help keep your legs, knees, hips, and spine in better alignment. 

Side note: If you can switch your chair for an exercise ball, that will always be better than any office chair. 

2. Mind your monitor

When possible, keep your monitor high enough that you don’t have to look down at it. This will prevent your neck from being out of alignment. Lots of us work on laptops which makes it harder not to look down. We recommend propping your laptop up on books, boxes, anything that elevates it enough to where you’re not hunched over it. It’s also a good idea to have your screen about an arm’s length away from you.

3. Rock your body

Get up and move your body during the day! Don’t be stuck in the same position in the same place for eight hours a day. Stretch, dance (to NSYNC), wiggle, take a jog to the door you can’t wait to go through at the end of the day. Whatever and however you move is better than being a statue. Take short breaks, even five minutes will do, and walk around to restore your spine to its correct position and get your blood flowing. 

Side note: if you work on strengthening your core muscles, this will also help improve your posture and reduce back pain. 

4. If you're going to be a statue, be a standing statue

If you are unable to move from your desk, better than sitting all day is to stand at your desk. Standing not only helps take the pressure off of your back, but it also will help you improve your productivity due to easier blood flow and limited opportunity for lethargicness.

5. Make an appointment with your chiropractor

If nothing else, we encourage you to an appointment with a reputable chiropractor. They will be able to restore your spine to its correct alignment, reducing your back pain and helping you to live a better life. 

Your appointment doesn’t have to be with the amazing Dr. Silvio Cozzetto if our Birmingham, MI location is too far away for you (although we’d love to welcome you to our family). Your health and wellness is more important to us than your business, and we know you deserve more than to simply accept your back pain.

However, if you are looking for one of the best chiropractors in the SE Michigan area, we highly recommend you contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cozzetto today. Our treatments are specially designed to fit your needs. Call us at (248) 792-6570 or schedule your appointment online today!

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Top 7 Reasons to See a Chiropractor

Chiropractors provide relief to patients that experience all kinds of pain throughout their bodies. 

Most people think that you only need to see a chiropractor after you have been injured, or when you feel discomfort. Although these are both great circumstances in which you should seek chiropractic care, there are not the only instances in which seeing a chiropractor would be helpful. Let’s take a deeper dive into the top 7 reasons to see a chiropractor.

Suffering from Neck and Back Pain

Body pain can result from a multitude of things, including major or minor spinal injuries, bad posture, uncomfortable sleeping conditions. When your spine comes out of alignment, neck and back pain can throw your entire day off, making you irritable, uncomfortable, and unproductive. The good news is that a skilled chiropractor such as Dr. Cozzetto can correct your spine’s alignment in as little as once visit. Treating the source of your pain is far more important than treating the symptom when the ultimate goal is to be pain-free.

Continuous Headaches

Piggybacking off of neck and back pain, headaches are often a symptom of your spine being out of alignment. This can put pressure on where your head connects to your neck. Often, the treatment for painful headaches may lay in adjusting your spine or neck to relieve the pressure from your nerves.

Exhaustion or Fatigue

If your body feels like it is tired all of the time, this could have something to do with your central nervous system’s lousy performance. Often, you don’t even realize the stress your body is undergoing until you are in the thick of dragging fatigue. Visiting a chiropractor can help you identify where your exhaustion may be coming from.

Athletes Recovering From Injury

Another one of the top 7 reasons to see a chiropractor is when an athlete is recovering from a serious injury. Chiropractors are notorious for working with athletes who have been injured while exercising or playing sports. Chiropractic therapy is personalized to the patient and based on their injury, the chiropractor will determine a plan to help get the athlete back on their way to normal mobility once more.

Prenatal Discomfort

What women’s bodies do during pregnancy is incredible. The rearrangement of their organs within their stomach and abdomen is a daunting task, not to mention the additional weight that comes with preparing to bring a child into this world. Expectantly so, this places a great deal of tension on the spine, swelling, and new joint tension or stiffness. At Be Well Lifestyle Centers, we specialize in treating pregnant mothers. We are here to help alleviate your pain and discomfort as much as possible.

Arthritis and Joint Pain

Many chiropractic patients suffer from arthritis and joint pain. When joints become inflamed, it can affect everyday activities such as walking and driving. Chiropractic therapy provides relief to patients who suffer from joint pain and also acts proactively to ward off any joint flare-ups in the future.

Holistic Alternatives To Medicine or Surgery

Chiropractic care is also a highly sought-after practice as an alternative to traditional medical solutions. Sometimes, surgery or medications may not be the best answer. Instead (when appropriate) we work to find natural solutions to relieve pain therapeutically.

We are here to treat the source of your pain, not just the symptoms. At Be Well Lifestyle Centers, we listen to our patients to discover where their pain stems from. Life is too short to live with pain. Call us at (248) 792-6570 or visit our Birmingham, MI location to schedule a chiropractic appointment today!

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Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes- Chiropractic Care is Good for the Body

Did you sing the headline like we just did? It’s okay, we won’t tell anyone. FRIENDS! Chiropractic care is good for your entire body from the feet up. Today we’re going to talk about how your posture can help you feel healthy or not so well. We won’t waste time dipping our toes in; let’s jump right into it! Here are some reasons why chiropractic care is good for the body! 

HEADS UP- YOUR POSTURE MATTERS!

Common causes of poor posture are things like stress, obesity, pregnancy, and even activities at work. When you are slouching, looking down at your phone and keyboard, or bending over to lift things all day, it can result in back and neck problems. 

This happens because, in these positions, your body parts are out of alignment. When this happens, it also can place additional tension (up to 200 lbs) on your spine. Don’t worry- it’s not just you. At least 80% of the world will experience back pain at some point in their lives according to the American Chiropractic Association. This is why it is important to learn good posture. 

SHOULDERS BACK- WHAT DOES GOOD POSTURE LOOK LIKE?

In general, it means having both of your feet grounded to the floor with your knees and legs in alignment, keeping your feet shoulder-width apart. Your shoulders are open, the head is held high, and your back is straight. In a seated position, it is important to have proper support for your lower back and a comfortable seat with adequate cushion to take the strain off of your spine. Again, your feet are planted and your back is straight with your shoulders back. 

Now, this may feel uncomfortable at first because the majority of us are so used to slouching, but in the long run, you are reducing the risk of back problems and body pain. 

If you are experiencing back or neck pain, a common solution is to see a chiropractor. Our job is to get your body back into alignment by relieving the tension between your bones and your joints. The experienced team at Be Well Lifestyle Centers can help you find pain relief in natural, holistic ways through chiropractic care. 

FEET FORWARD- HOW DO YOUR FEET STEP IN?

Your feet are the foundation of your body. Like that of a house, this foundation supports the rest of your body’s important joints and, if not properly taken care of, can contribute to overall body pain more often than you may realize. 

Your feet have multiple functions but one of the major ones is absorbing shock. When your feet are improperly supported, it results in your joints absorbing the shock from each step or jump. This harsh impact can cause severe joint pain in your knees, through your spine and even into your neck. Because of this, it is critical that you understand the needs of your feet and how they should be properly supported. 

If you’re unsure of where to start, schedule an appointment with our chiropractor. Dr. Silvio Cozzetto has over 10 years of experience in the chiropractic industry and always puts his patients first with a personalized treatment plan tailored to their needs. Contact us today at (248) 792-6570 or schedule your appointment online today!