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Ease Your Spine: Strategies to Avoid Back Pain at Your Desk Job

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Written by Dr. Derek Larsen, DC

Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, founder of Happy Family Chiropractic, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his practice. Born and raised on a small ranch in Northern California, Dr. Derek learned the value of hard work and determination early on. Throughout high school, he excelled in four sports: football, wrestling, swimming, and track. After high school, Dr. Derek served his community as a wildland firefighter, funding his initial undergraduate studies and a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His missionary work took him to Costa Rica, where he spent two years serving the local population. Upon returning, he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. During the summers, he worked as a fishing guide in Southeast Alaska, a place he fell in love with and decided to return to after completing his chiropractic education. Dr. Derek attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, where he discovered his passion for pediatric chiropractic care. He is actively pursuing certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to better serve children of all ages. Dr. Derek's enthusiasm for working with kids stems from his belief that he will always retain a youthful spirit, no matter his age. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Derek is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and scuba diving—any activity that allows him to immerse himself in nature. His loyal dog, Buckwheat, is always by his side on these adventures. With his diverse background, commitment to excellence, and genuine love for his community, Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional chiropractor, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families in Southeast Alaska.

Last Updated on May 21, 2024

Sitting for prolonged periods, bad posture, and improper workstation ergonomics are common at workplaces and they often lead to back pain, a condition affecting millions of people worldwide. At Happy Family Chiropractic, we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy spine, alleviating back pain from work and preventing it as well. 

Understanding Back Pain

To address the issue of back pain, we first need to understand how our backs work. Our backs are composed of a complex structure of bones, joints, muscles, and nerves. Strain or injury to any of these can result in back pain. In the context of the workplace, common causes include poor posture, inadequate workstation ergonomics, and lack of physical activity. 

Importance of Good Posture

Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments. Maintaining good posture reduces the risk of back pain, overuse disorders, and even injuries. Conversely, poor posture can lead to increased strain on your spine, resulting in significant back pain over time.

Essential Strategies for Preventing Back Pain

Maintain Proper Workstation Ergonomics

Ergonomics involves designing and arranging your workspace so that it fits you and the job you are doing. An ergonomic workspace can greatly reduce the risk of back pain. This includes having an adjustable chair with good lumbar support, a desk at the appropriate height, and keeping computer monitors at eye level. It also involves placing the keyboard and mouse at a position where your arms are parallel to the floor.

Take Regular Breaks and Incorporate Movement

Sitting for prolonged periods puts enormous pressure on your spine. Therefore, it’s important to take regular breaks. Stand, stretch, walk around, or even do some light exercises to help reduce strain. Incorporate movement into your day by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking farther away to walk a bit more. 

Perform Regular Stretching and Strengthening Exercises

Regular exercise, especially exercises that strengthen your core, can greatly reduce the risk of back pain. Consider integrating a variety of exercises into your routine. This can include anything from yoga and Pilates to weight training. Even simple desk exercises and stretches can go a long way in preventing back pain.

Maintain Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Proper nutrition, hydration, sleep, and stress management all play roles in preventing back pain. A balanced diet and adequate hydration are essential for overall health, including back health. Additionally, quality sleep and stress management techniques can reduce muscle tension and inflammation, which in turn, prevents back pain.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

The Role of Chiropractic Care in Preventing Back Pain

Chiropractic care is a healthcare profession dedicated to the non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system. By focusing on your body’s alignment, particularly the spine, chiropractors can help you prevent and alleviate back pain.

Chiropractic Services at Happy Family Chiropractic

Here at Happy Family Chiropractic, located in Juneau, Alaska, we offer a wide array of chiropractic services. These services are designed to reduce pain, improve function, and promote a healthier quality of life. To learn more about how we can help you prevent back pain at work, give us a call at (907) 531-7604, or visit us at happyfamilychiropractic.com.

Final Thoughts

In summary, back pain at work is a common issue, but it’s not an inevitable one. By understanding the basics of back pain, practicing good posture, maintaining an ergonomic workspace, incorporating regular movement, staying active, and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits, you can keep your spine in great shape. For more support, chiropractic care is an excellent resource. Let’s take proactive steps towards a healthier, pain-free work life together with Happy Family Chiropractic.

 

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Dr. Derek Larsen, DC Chiropractor
Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, founder of Happy Family Chiropractic, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his practice. Born and raised on a small ranch in Northern California, Dr. Derek learned the value of hard work and determination early on. Throughout high school, he excelled in four sports: football, wrestling, swimming, and track. After high school, Dr. Derek served his community as a wildland firefighter, funding his initial undergraduate studies and a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His missionary work took him to Costa Rica, where he spent two years serving the local population. Upon returning, he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. During the summers, he worked as a fishing guide in Southeast Alaska, a place he fell in love with and decided to return to after completing his chiropractic education. Dr. Derek attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, where he discovered his passion for pediatric chiropractic care. He is actively pursuing certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to better serve children of all ages. Dr. Derek's enthusiasm for working with kids stems from his belief that he will always retain a youthful spirit, no matter his age. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Derek is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and scuba diving—any activity that allows him to immerse himself in nature. His loyal dog, Buckwheat, is always by his side on these adventures. With his diverse background, commitment to excellence, and genuine love for his community, Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional chiropractor, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families in Southeast Alaska.

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