When Your 9 To 5 Causes Back And Neck Pain 24/7: 4 Possible Solutions

Posted on: 7 June 2017

Back and neck pain are bad enough, but when your very job is the problem, your solutions can be limited. It's not like you can quit your career or call in sick when the aches and pains set in. So what are you to do when your work is a literal pain? First, arrange for a physical with your doctor, to rule out more serious conditions like a bulging or herniated disc, sciatica, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis or an actual injury.

Otherwise, here are four possible remedies that can help alleviate the pain, possibly on a permanent basis:

1. Try Office Yoga

Especially if there's a door to your work area and you can close it, office yoga may be a very effective way to combat the lingering back and neck pain you face each day. You don't need to change into a workout outfit and no special equipment is required. You simply devote a few minutes to highly calculated stretches and poses that will hopefully take some of the pressure off your spine.

2. Stand Up For Yourself!

Although standing at work has become somewhat of a trend at big corporations all across the world, there are many real medical benefits to rising up out of your office chair. For one, your circulation gets a boost and that alone may eliminate your symptoms, as poor blood circulation mimics other spinal conditions, such as spinal stenosis. Improved circulation is also better for your heart and since standing increases the blood flow to your limbs, your entire body should feel stronger and invigorated by standing. This is not just a passing fad, but very practical medical advice. Ask your doctor how standing could also improve your statistics with diabetes and obesity, too.

3. Bring Your Own Chair

Sitting in an ill-fitting or worn out chair can, at the very least, contribute to your aches and pains. If your company isn't going to spring for a new seat, though, get permission to bring your own. A solid, ergonomic chair supports better posture and reduces pressure on your hips, back and shoulders; all of which should leave you with less pain by the end of the day.

4. Invest In Therapeutic Shoes

Even if you abide by a professional dress code, you should be able to find some presentable shoes that actually work hard to prevent pain. They may not be the most attractive shoes; however, they will be basic enough to coordinate with most of your wardrobe and the impact they can have on the pain you experience will be well worth the fashion sacrifice.

Try one or more of these solutions to ease the back pain you're in at work and, hopefully, you'll be able to turn your attention to the job at hand, increasing your focus, productivity and enjoyment, rather than being in constant agony. Ask your doctor, too, about the specific steps you can take that will turn your agonizing 9 to 5 into a far more pleasant and bearable experience.