San Francisco Chiropractor and Chronic Back Pain Doctor Comments:
I have been practicing chiropractic in the SF Financial District for over 15 years now...mostly office workers. I don't know what the exact number is...but there are something like 16,000 people that work in the Embarcadero Center towers alone.
There are another 160,000 people within a 5 block radius of our Front Street Chiropractic location. So...I guess you could say I'm an expert treating workplace back pain.
Here's the deal...Our bodies were not designed to be sitting at a desk in front of a computer all day. Throw in some stress, lack of exercise, poor nutrition, and bad ergonomics...and you have a "workplace back-pain cocktail ."
So...what can you do to prevent work related back pain...and what do you do once you have it?
Obviously having a strong spine and being in good physical condition should rank high on the list...maybe #1. Regular visits to the gym and to the chiropractor will probably keep things all good.
However, if you have a really poor ergonomic setup, work extremely long hours, and/or have a ton of mental stress in your life (work or personal)...exercise and chiropractic might not be enough. Check out: www.shaktigawain.com for some really great info on relaxation tecniques.
A really poor diet can also be bad news (visit: www.drmcdougall.com ) . The typical American diet is pro-inflammatory...and coupled with stress and other negative influences can contribute to back pain.
Drugs, smoking, and alcohol abuse can flame the fire also. In addition, not enough sleep is bad news. You don't give your body enough time to rest and recover. This can weaken your immune system and predispose you to illness. You should drink lots of water too, and try to minimize caffeine and sodas.
The bottom line is this: The healthier you are...the more physical and mental challenges you can handle. We have (invisible) adjustable knobs for everything we do...they are adjustable by us. We either adjust them in the direction of health or in the direction of illness with the decisions we make. I call this contextual healing.
We know when the adjustments are off because we get sick or have symptoms like low back or neck pain. We know when we are adjusted just right because health appears...spontaneously.
So, in reality the choice is yours. YOU choose to work in an office environment...so YOU need to do the things that the body requires to adapt to these stresses at optimum levels.
If you work in downtown San Francisco and would like to find out if you are a candidate for care at our Financial District Chiropractic Center...simply call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.