We tend to think of injury as the result of some traumatic event, but we are injured by subtle everyday activities. For example, if your job requires you to multitask while talking on the phone all day, you might habitually hold the phone between your ear and shoulder while you are writing. If your desk is too high for your chair, you can spend hours with your upper extremities in a poor posture. Perhaps you spend most of the evening laying across the bed surfing the internet, watching movies, or texting on a handheld device.
These subtle activities may cause little or no discomfort at the time you are performing them, but over time, they will lead to chronic pain and soft tissue damage. While the injuries in a car accident only takes a fraction of a second to cause injuries and chronic pain, repetitive strains may take weeks, months, or years. The effects on your body can get progressively worse, or they can come on suddenly and dramatically. Here are three simple things you can do to avoid and prevent these subtle injuries:
Fix up your workspace
See if your company has a designated specialist for ergonomics. Ask the specialist to come to your work station and make recommendations that will provide you with the best possible posture. If no one is available, do not wait for your company to do this for you. Purchase your own back pillow, phone headset, wrist rest, and even an ergonomic mouse for your computer. If you buy your own equipment, it is worth the investment, as you can take these items with you when changing jobs or working from home.
Stretch and practice good posture
It is important to stretch and flex the muscles in your neck, shoulders, and back several times during the day. This will aid in keeping tension from building up in your muscles. When you are texting and operating your handheld devices, be conscious to use good posture. Make sure that you raise the device to eye level. If you discover that sitting up straight becomes uncomfortable after a short time period, then you need to schedule a visit to your chiropractic for a check-up.
Change your lifestyle
Avoiding injury from everyday activities can be as simple as making simple changes in your lifestyle. Once you are aware that you need to avoid practices that may deteriorate your health and affect your quality of life as you age, you will successfully make important changes that are good for you long term.
Chiropractic care in Charlotte, NC
If you are dealing with chronic pain from soft tissue injury, consider ChiroCarolina® as your Charlotte chiropractor. Their trained chiropractors, Dr. Rice, Dr. Saario, and Dr. Ali, are passionate about relieving pain and providing high quality care for patients with chronic or acute conditions. ChiroCarolina® delivers excellent chiropractic care to thousands of people in North Carolina. Have you been injured? Call their office to schedule a free consultation.
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