Patients often come to our Los Angeles upper Cervical chiropractic office with complaints of neck pain, shoulder pain, and arm pain. While much of this pain can be improved with proper ergonomics at their office desk, which we will discuss, some of the pain is an underlying condition that results from a past neck trauma. We usually find that these patients are hunched over with rounded shoulders and their heads are projected forward due to staring at a computer screen all day. In the article below we will discuss tips you can use to help with the rigor of a desk job. Then we will offer a natural solution called upper Cervical chiropractic that can help address the underlying cause of why your body is unable to adapt and gets stuck in chronic arm pain, neck pain and low back pain.
Musculo-skeletal disorders can be the result of the body preforming one or many repetitive tasks in the same position. Sitting throughout the day can cause pain in the muscles, joints and nerves. Having to stare at a computer screen is tough on the neck and if your chair, arms, and computer screen are in the wrong position it can magnify the repetitive stress. Over time, improper ergonomics lead to pain which leads to decreased spine range of motion, as well as numbness and tingling in different areas of the body.
Fortunately, these issues can be ameliorated with some simple changes:
Ergonomics is the science of positioning the body in the workplace so repetitive injury is reduced or eliminated. It includes designing and arranging the furniture and objects that employees use in their workplace, so that they can work efficiently and reduce injury.
Having a workstation that is ergonomically correct can decrease the onset of these problems and lead to improved mood and productivity.
The proper chair, set at the appropriate height with a cushion to support the low back(lumbar support), is probably one of the most important pieces to improve workstation posture. A properly adjusted chair allows your feet to be flat on the floor, with your back resting against the back of the chair, allowing the ankles, knees and hips to maintain a 90 degree angle. By having a lumbar support the natural low back curve is maintained and forces the body to maintain proper posture.
HOW should your computer be positioned? The keyboard should be positioned in such a way that the elbows bend at 90 degrees and rest close to the body with straight wrists. The top of the monitor should be at eye level. This keeps the head looking straight forward. Looking down or up for long periods of time increases the stress on the cervical spine muscles.
The best way to avoid musculo-skeletal disorders is to reset your posture often throughout the day. Adjustable height standing desks are an easy way to ensure that you’re changing positions throughout the day, especially if you are not able to “walk away” from a work task. Using a timer to assist with these standing breaks could be helpful
WE have found what we call the “chicken neck” exercise to be quite helpful for those that are stuck at a desk all day. Instead of explaining to you how to do the exercise we have embeded a video below to epxlain how to do the exercise:
If you have corrected all of your ergonomic work station flaws and are still struggling with neck , shoulder and arm pain you can find relief through Upper Cervical Chiropractic. This unique procedure specifically addresses structural problems in the neck that are caused by prior injury. These past injuries such as car accidents , sports injuries, slip and falls and others can at the time seem minor. However, sharp jolting injuries to the neck can predispose you to musculo-skeletal complaints that are exacerbated by desk type jobs.
HOW Can An Upper Cervical Chiropractor Help you with Neck, Shoulder And Arm Pain In Los Angeles?
Our upper cervical chiropractors in Los Angeles have been helping people with chronic pain conditions for 16 years. They practice a unique procedure called BLAIR Upper Cervical Chiropractic. The sole focus of the procedure is to locate joints in the neck that have misaligned and are locked due to prior Injury.
When a spinal joint becomes locked it causes muscles spasm. The lack of motion in the joint then leads to abnormal nerve impulses into the central nervous system that can cause further disturbances through the body.
Since the bodies postural centers are located in the brain-stem a spinal misalignment in the neck can lead to tight muscles causing neck, shoulder and arm pain.
BLAIR upper cervical chiropractors are specifically trained to locate these neck misalignments . Precise x-rays are taken of each joint to determine its direction of misalignment and the angle of joint. Upper Cervical chiropractors then use this information to precisely correct the misaligned joint. The correction does not use any twisting popping or pulling of the neck.
Once a spinal correction is made the patient is then monitored over time with objective tests to determine whether a spinal correction is necessary or not. Over time the body is able to heal the damaged tissue and the neck joints become healthy which leads to not only relief of musculo-skeletal symptoms but oftentimes other health conditions that the patient did not know were connected.
If you or a loved one is suffering with chronic musculo-skeletal conditions we would love to help you live a better quality of life. We offer a free consultation in our office. If interested you can schedule through this link.
Dr. Hall has been the president of the BLAIR Upper Cervical Chiropractic Society for nine years. He is a BLAIR technique instructor and has been practicing the procedure for 16 years seeing over 9000 patients. Dr. Hall runs two offices, one in Los Angeles the other in Carson.
The Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique is a specific system of analyzing and adjusting the upper cervical vertebrae of the spinal column. These vertebrae can misalign in such a way as to interfere with the brainstem and spinal cord as they exit through the floor of the skull into the neural canal.