A Gift For You in Oakland CA
In the past few months, I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time at my desk. This is unusual for me because as a chiropractor, I’m on my feet all day, being physically active. I’m up and down, squatting, bending, even jumping. But opening a new business presents different challenges such as developing a website, filling out online paperwork, and countless other tasks which require me to be at a desk. All of this computer time has made me very empathetic to my patients who sit at computers all day. My neck and shoulders have been sore, I’ve had elbow pain for the first time, and I’m feeling the general stiffness that my patients with desk jobs so often complain about.
With the rise of technology and especially the boom of the internet age, many of us are spending more and more time at a computer. According to a 2015 study, Americans are sitting an average of 13 hours a day and sleeping an average of eight hours resulting in a sedentary lifestyle of around 21 hours a day. This type of lifestyle increases the chances of diabetes, several types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.
Furthermore, desk jobs increase risk for neck and shoulder pain. One study, which measured men and women during multiple working days on male and female blue-collar workers using triaxial accelerometers (Actigraph) placed on the thigh and trunk. Their research concluded that workers who landed in the “high” sitting category were more likely to report high neck and shoulder pain intensity than those who sat a moderate amount.
Fortunately, exercise helps. Researchers have found that “breaks in sedentary time have beneficial associations with waist circumference, body mass index, triglyceride levels, and 2-hour glucose levels that are independent of total sedentary time and exercise time.”
There are several things you can do to break up the inactivity during work. One very easy thing you can do to reduce the risks caused by inactivity is take a brief break every 20 minutes to stretch your hamstrings or walk around the office. Also stretching your neck during one of these breaks will reduce neck and shoulder pain caused by leaning forward while doing work. Check out the below video to learn a ten minute neck stretch and strengthening routine that you can do at work or at home.Still feeling pain? Call 510-922-1579 to schedule an appointment. Or just give us a call to see if chiropractic is right for you.
Faith, Hope and Charity Gift Certificate
Good Thru Dec 31
If you have FAITH in our ability to help people just like you, who are suffering with pain, or are just not nearly as healthy as they should be, you can provide them with new HOPE this holiday season.
Purchase a gift certificate for your family or friend, or even a stranger you know who needs help. For $150.00, you can provide a $220.00 gift for a complete examination and adjustment to a person who you know needs my help.
We will DONATE 50% of your purchase to Alameda Food Bank. This act of CHARITY will help to insure that no one in our community goes hungry this holiday season.
Thank you for your help in making this season of giving memorable for all of us.
Dr. Carolyn Finnegan
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2996155/ Sedentary Behavior: Emerging Evidence for a New Health Risk
http://activeworking.com/pdfs/research/116.pdf Association between objectively measured sitting time
and neck–shoulder pain among blue‑collar workers
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