Workplace pain is not something to dismiss. Not only does our job affect our emotional and mental health, but it can also take a toll on our physical health. Maybe you have an office job that requires hours of sitting, or you have a labor-intensive job that calls for physical activity. No matter what, when your mind is constantly on the pain you’re experiencing, your energy is taken away from your work. Whatever the situation, there is likely something you can change about your workplace habits that can reduce your pain and increase your comfort levels.
Take short breaks
Our bodies are not meant to be still for so long. It’s vital that you take the time to get up and move around. Especially if you’re experiencing regular back or neck pain, stretching or taking a short walk could make all the difference. Stretching not only gets your blood flowing but also stimulates the muscles that haven’t been in use.
Posture is everything
Good posture: a simple and small change we can probably all make. Something as basic as the way you sit can have a huge effect on how your body functions. If you have a desk job, remind yourself to stop slouching and sit up straight throughout the day. Having better posture could possibly greatly reduce back and neck pain. Pull back your shoulders, uncross your legs, and possibly do some desk exercises to fix your posture. Another way your posture can come into play is the way you type or hold your hands and wrists. Carpal tunnel is extremely common, but also preventable. Be mindful of your hand and wrist habits, because they can have a huge effect in the long run.
If you have a job that requires you to be on your feet, you can improve your posture by keeping your head in line with your shoulders as well as making sure your feet are about shoulder’s width apart.
At home relief
A classic, affordable pain solution is using cold and heat. This can include applying ice-packs, heating pads, warm baths, or cold gels. Another easy, safe way to relieve pain is electrotherapy, or TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation). The electric pulses are non-invasive and can relieve pain in the short-term. Perhaps the most obvious way to treat pain is through medication. Over-the-counter can help more mild issues, while more serious medication can help if your pain is more intense.
Get advice from experts in the pain field
Sometimes no matter what you do, the pain still persists. That’s when it’s time to go to a professional. Fortunately, Capitol Pain’s physicians strive to provide comprehensive services that put your needs and comfort first. We provide a variety of pain solutions, including stem cell therapy, spinal cord stimulation, bracing, various types of injections, and more. Making an appointment today could save you from years of pain.