Ergonomic Advice

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The Impact of Wearing a Heavy Backpack

Schools are opening again. Before you send your child to school with a loaded backpack, you have to know how this back-to-school essential can affect a child's spine. 

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Understanding the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Does your wrist hurt or go numb sometimes? You might be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. You are not alone. According to compiled information from a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study in 2018, carpal tunnel syndrome is the third most common type of work-related injuries.

A 2010 study done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine said that those who are in the office and do administrative support are among those who are more at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Other occupations include being in production and personal care and service.

All told, it is a condition that needs to be addressed right away. While carpal tunnel syndrome is not fatal, it can lead to complete, irreversible median nerve damage. If left untreated, it comes with consequent severe loss of hand function.

 

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when the median nerve, which runs from your forearm through a passageway in your wrist to your hand, is compressed. According to Mayoclinic.org, the median nerve is responsible for providing sensation to the palm side of your thumb and fingers, except the little finger. It also provides nerve signals to move the muscles around the base of your thumb (motor function).

 

There are studies that link mouse and mousepad activitie

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What the heck is Tech Neck?

Have you ever heard of Tech Neck?

If you spend long hours on your laptop or on your phone and are experiencing pain in your neck, you probably have tech neck. In this article, we’ll be exploring the causes, symptoms and remedies to this modern ailment. 

What is Tech Neck?
If you’ve ever experienced aches and pains in your neck after using your phone or your laptop, chances are you’ve experienced tech neck. Tech neck isn’t a formal medical diagnosis but rather more of a
modern day term to express the pain or discomfort that comes with using various forms of technology (i.e. your phone, laptop or your game console). Despite it’s catchy name however Tech Neck doesn’t just concern the pain in your neck, although it's the most common. Tech Neck is an overall term that can cover various aches and pains in your body such as your lower back and shoulders. What defines Tech Neck is that it’s caused by the strain of using technology.

While many are quick to point the finger to technology, Tech Neck isn’t an issue of too much screen time. Rather it’s an issue of posture, position and screen height. To fully understand just how Tech Neck is developed we have to see first how and why it’s so widespread and how you can be more mindful when it comes to spending long hours in front of the screen.

Let’s first look into the neck, given that that’s where Tech Neck truly gets its reputation from. Your neck or cervical spine is the most flexible part of your spine, while

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5 Tips How to Protect Your Joints

Joint health matters. When the joints are in good working condition, you can bike, run, jump, and walk smoothly. Joints are present where two or more bones join -- so this means they are in charge of keeping everything intact for mobility.

Most joints have cartilage on the ends of the bones. The cartilage helps you move by reducing friction and absorbing shock when bones move together. If the joints and cartilage are in poor condition, the body is more prone to injury, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

What can I do?

Luckily, there are many ways to keep your joints healthy. Keeping a balanced and active lifestyle can help your joints to stay in tip-top shape. Here are five ways to protect your joints:

       1. Stay in motion -- Move, move, move. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle and look for ways to stay active. If you are always at your desk, you can try a height adjustable table so you can stand and sit whenever possible. This Huffington Post article noted that too much sitting in with bad posture can wear and tear the discs and joints as well as tighten hip joints.

Incorporating

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Why Working From Home Can Make Your Shoulders Sore

There’s some bad news for remote workers: Working from home may be making your shoulders sore. Specifically, your makeshift home office is wreaking havoc on your body. If you have been working from your bed, sofa, or spare kitchen chair, chances are these non-ergonomic workstations are putting a strain on the body.

A DailyMail article noted that in a recent survey by the Institute of Employment Studies, there has been a 'significant increase in musculoskeletal complaints' during the quarantine period. It continued to show that “more than half of those surveyed reported new aches and pains: 58 percent in the neck, 56 percent in the shoulder, and 55 percent in the back.”


Why do the shoulders hurt? Poor posture is the culprit

Your work equipment may be limited at home. You use a regular telephone so you cradle the phone between your neck and shoulders most of the time. Or you slouch when you peer down into your laptop. These are some recipes for body ache.

When you work with poor posture, the back, neck, and shoulders suffer. This cycle of body pain can cause great distress. If the pain becomes chronic, it might lead to depression, a Cleveland Clinic article said.

If you work on a traditional desk and chair, there are limited options on how you can work nearer to your laptop to read files or write a report. The result is that you crane your neck forward and put you in a “C-position” which would put a strain on the back and surrounding muscles like the

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Warning: Cigarette Smoking Can Increase Back Pain

Every stick that you light brings harm to the body. Now studies show that even back pain can stem from SMOKING.

A May 2020 study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that tobacco kills more than eight million people each year. This is a dark fact, but something that everyone must know -- especially those who have the habit of smoking.

Talking about the mortality rate  is one thing but living with the damaging effects of smoking is another. One of these health risks is chronic back pain. According to Medical News Today, which cited the study done by Bogdan Petre of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern, smoking interferes with a brain circuit associated with pain, making smokers more prone to chronic back pain.

Back pain is a prevalent medical condition that hampers productivity. According to a WHO study, it is one of the reasons why workers miss days at work.  In the United States, an estimated 149 million work days are lost every year because of low back pain, with total costs estimated to be US$ 100 to 200 billion a year.

 

The association between smoking and chronic back pain 

How does smoking trigger chronic back pain? Let’s just say that the substance in the cigarettes alters the brain’s response to pain.

In a study, the

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How to Work From Home Without Hurting Your Back

With the order to stay at home to stymie the spread of the coronavirus, workers had to make do with makeshift home offices. But it comes with a cost -- physical discomfort can stem from working in a place that is not ergonomically sound. One of the body parts that suffer most is the back, which bears the brunt of less activity and too much sitting on hard surfaces. 

Your back, being an important muscle in the body, has the strength and ability to see you through the day. But most of our daily activities wreak havoc on our back, especially if we sit at a desk for a long period. Having a sedentary work can also affect the back and may lead to more serious problems as the discomfort can reach to your legs and hips as well. This is why it is important to protect your back and not to ignore any strains that are already bothering you.

 

What can you do?

All hope is not lost for those who experience back pain. With interventions and small changes in your work routine, you can save your back in no time.

 

  1. Take a break - Pausing from work is important for your mind but also for your back. It does not have to be drastic at all. It can be taking advantage of the afternoon lull when you have finished your deliverables and is waiting for your boss’ response. Or maybe, to put a twist on your Zoom meetings, you can mak
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How is Foot Pain Related to Low Back Pain?

Do you remember the time you were unable to work properly because of that unbearable pain from time to time? The time you keep toss and turning at night because you can’t find the right sleeping position to ease the back pain? Or how about the time you woke up in the morning and you felt that sore on your feet and legs when you walk?

If you experienced the mentioned scenes above, then it’s possible that your current foot pain is related to your lower back pain. To get to know how these two are related, we’ve rounded up some interesting facts on the causes and how to relieve the pain.

The Relation Between Foot Pain and Lower Back Pain

It may come as a surprise but most pain we feel in the foot has nothing to do leg or foot itself, unless we’re injured. Foot pain can be caused by an irritated or compressed nerve root located in the lower back. This pain can radiate along the sciatic nerve (the longest nerve in the body), and transcended into the foot.

As stated in an article, it’s not only the feet that’s affected with low back pain – it can be knees, hips, shoulders and spinal joints if left unattended.

Written below are some of the symptom of foot pain:

  • Inability to lift the foot upward. Sometimes, it also comes with numbness in the middle lower leg and foot. This pain occurs if one of the spinal nerve roots in the lower back that innervates the sciatic nerve is affected.
  • Hard to walk on tiptoes. This is a common foot pain felt by people which has basically something to do with sciatic nerve. People who has this experiences difficult
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Facts You Should Know About Low Back Strain

It’s no easy dealing with lower back strain from time to time, and I think anyone can agree with it. 8 out of 10 people have this dull ache in the back, either from waking up in the morning or probably due to an unhealthy sedentary lifestyle.

So what does low back strain feels like? If you feel this pain and stiffness in the back, in the buttocks, legs, and back of the thigh, and sometimes it worsens when you bend or stretch, then you probably are experiencing a low back strain.

We may have these myths on our head on the causes of how we get the lower back strain, but to dig deeper into the issue, we’ve written down a list of causes and simple at-home treatment you can do to ease yourself with these back troubles.

3 Major Causes of Low Back Strain

Extreme Physical Activity. Gym buffs and those who carry a lot usually experience the low back strain from time to time. Too much stress, especially when you’re lifting something heavy, can form tiny tears in a muscle, known as a muscle strain, which is a very common form of back injury. Learn some proper ways of lifting heavy load without causing pain the back.

Poor Sleeping Position or Inappropriate Mattress Bed. There are two types of mattresses in the market you should consider depending on your preference. However, for those experiencing low back strain, it’s highly recommended to get a memory foam mattress and avoid sleeping on your stomach as much as possibl

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Why a Standing Desk Converter Is More Affordable Than a Height Adjustable Desk

A standing desk converter and a height adjustable desk are both ergonomic pieces that heighten the health and wellness aspects in your home office.  

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What People Love About the FlexiSpot Standing Desk Converters

The FlexiSpot standing desk converters have wowed many customers and for a reason. If you are also looking for a trustworthy standing desk converter, this is the right product for you.

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Top ergonomic tips for your spine health

Does your back hurt? Probably. If we are being honest, the human back is a travesty. If you sit down, it hurts. If you sleep, it hurts. If you do backbreaking work, it doesn't break, but it hurts. In fact, if you exist in any capacity whatsoever, your back probably hurts.

Why is that though? Why do you feel back pain? (If you don't already, you'll most likely feel it very soon). Well, the answer is fairly simple. You don't care enough for your spine. Good posture is something that a lot of people like to ignore, but the truth remains that if you don't maintain good posture, your back will most likely hurt. A lot.

That's why, today, we'll be looking at some tips to help you make the right choices when it comes to your spine health.

Keep Moving

If you're interested in protecting your spine throughout the day, you need to constantly be on the move. Now, this isn't to say that you should be restless, but you shouldn't be in one position for too long. A lot of people spend so much unnecessary time in a chair, and that hurts your spine. Do things instead. Go for a walk during lunch break. Walkabout for a while. Just stay active.

Exercises

It never hurts to stretch your back. Well, sometimes it does hurt, but it's a good kind. However, if you want your stretching to be more effective, you should consider doing it the right way. Exercises like the finger point, neck retraction and "big hug" stretch ensure that you're stretching your back the right way. With these exercises, you can even stretch your back discreetly.

Ensure That Your Workspace Is Ergonomic

One of the worst things you can do for your back is working in an area that is not ergonomic. It will contribute to undue stress on your spine, and that will almost definitely lead to painful backpain.

So how do you make your workspace ergonomic? It's simple, really. First off, you get an ergonomic cha

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Try These Back Exercises at Home for Remote Work Relief

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the home office has become the only office for many workers. Some are leaning into the comforts of home and sitting down on the cozy couch or bed with a laptop for the day. Unfortunately, long hours in these positions can cause back pain.

The advantage, however, of working in comfortable clothes and a private space is that you can do back exercises at home to provide some relief. We’ll start below with tips for pain prevention and continue with a back pain exercise plan you can work into your new routine.

Advice for Work from Home Pain Prevention

Aim for proper posture. It may be tempting to sit on the sofa or even in bed, but selecting an ergonomic chair and desk is best. Sit with feet flat on the floor, legs at a 90-degree angle, and head, neck and spine aligned. Adjust the monitor so that your eyes align with the top – avoid angling head and neck downward, as this puts strain on the back.

Avoid being sedentary. Get up and move for a few minutes every hour. Even better, use a height adjustable desk to switch up your body position while you work. Proper posture for standing work is similar to that of seated work – just bring your legs into alignment with the head, neck and spine.

Exercises to Relieve Back Pain

The focus of many of these exercises if strengthening the core, so they’re beneficial for anyone. Even if you aim for correct posture, back pain can still creep in. Try these back exercises at home to heal, recover and strengthen.

-Partial Crunch

For partial crunches, lie on the floor with knees bent and feet flat. Use your hands to support the back of your neck, or cross your arms over your chest. Inhale, and

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Desk Or Tables, Which Is The Best for your home office?

How to choose between a desk and a table for your home office working space. 

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Organize Better At Home With A Monitorstand Workstation

A MonitorStand Workstation is a little investment that will improve your work life. 

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Top 10 Yoga Exercises For Disturbing Back Pain

These are the ten best Yoga poses for back pain relief

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How To Cultivate Habits That Prevent Spine Discomfort

These are the best sitting postures to avoid and prevent lower back spine injuries. 

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Checking your child for Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a disorder that affects the spine. It is defined by doctors as a sideways curvature that affects the spine and often occurs during the growth spurt that happens just before puberty. What this tells us is that prepubescent children are the ones mostly affected by this disease.

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How to Build and Maintain Strong Healthy Bones with These Two Simple Steps

Bone health is important for maintaining a high quality of life.  Proper maintenance is simple with attention to your diet and exercise (via things like eating vegetables and using a desk bike).  

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How Does Hanging Upside Down Affect My Body

The purported spinal benefits of hanging upside down may come with some risks, but the FlexiSpot’s electric height-adjustable desk can help conquer neck and back strains and keep your spine anatomy and function at the optimum level. 

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What Is Kyphosis?

What is Kyphosis and how can standing desks and desk bikes help in preventing it. 

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All-in-One Desk Bike for Knee Pain

Knee pain that is the result of an injury, surgery or arthritis can benefit from stretching and strengthening exercises which may help to ease the pain while also improving your flexibility and range of motion.

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Stretches and Exercises for Sciatic Pain from Piriformis Syndrome

Sciatic nerve pain doesn't always arise from the nerve roots. Sometimes, the piriformis muscle can tighten or become inflamed, irritating the sciatic nerve. Thankfully, several stretches and exercises can help alleviate your pain from piriformis syndrome. Further, moving around and standing help relieve the pressure on the injured muscle and reduce pain.

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Back and Abdominal Muscle Exercises

Maintaining back heal is very important. Your back is not something that can be replaced, therefore it is important to maintain its health and strength. Back pain is very common, if you do not have back pain episodes already then it is a good time to begin your back health journey of back and abdominal strengthening. The exercises do not take a long time to perform. Trying to avoid being sedentary is imperative, therefore a desk bike is a great way to maintain activity. By having a desk bike it would be beneficial to have if you do not have time to perform the exercises some days, you will be able to work and perform exercises at the same time. Multitasking becomes key in busy days because we can easily forget about our health and wellbeing. 

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The New Therapy For Back Pain

Exercise, as much as it is an essential activity that is supposed to be integrated into our daily lives, it is not also given so much cognizance. Sometimes, we find ourselves following the path to getting fit or loosing weight, but at some point we tend to drop the drive to get our fitness back on track, and we end up not continuing or just stop the whole activity. Its important to remember that exercising regularly has a lot of benefit that has been proven to be beneficial to everyone.

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Effective Home Treatment Options for Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot

Check out our list of effective home treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis of the foot and improve your quality of life.

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Massage and Ergonomics for Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons one is not able to participate in activities of daily living, misses work, and/or goes to their doctor for evaluation. 

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Neck Pain and Dizziness

While dizziness doesn’t always accompany neck pain, some conditions, however, link the two problems. Here are a few possible causes that link neck pain to dizziness.

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5 Ways Motion Causes Low Back Pain

Preventing back pain from happening and/or helping current back pain may benefit from lifestyle modifications whether at home and/or at work.

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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: Strategies for Pain Relief

If your back has been hurting lately after sitting at your desk for hours, it could be because of a malfunction of your sacroiliac (SI) joint. Getting and staying active will eventually help tame your SI joint pain. Here are some effective sacroiliac joint dysfunction exercises. Try investing in a standing desk converter.

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Treatment of Pain in the Jaw Joint and TMJ

TMJ, a health condition which is medically known as Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome is a common condition, but only a victim will understand the gravity of the pain that is associated with the condition.

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Text Neck Syndrome and It's Treatments

Bad posture when using technology for long period of time leads to neck pain which is called “text neck”. An ergonomically friendly desk set up would include having a chair, monitor, and keyboard set up in a way that they allow the body, neck, and head to be aligned in a natural upright position. 

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Why Programmers and Coders Need FlexiSpot Standing Desk

Our bodies are not designed to sit for extended periods. Using a standing desk at work offers health benefits that go a long way. Consider integrating an adjustable standing desk like the “FlexiSpot” into your workplace to enjoy a more active, happier, healthier and productive life.

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Do You Know Snapping Hip Syndrome?

Snapping hip syndrome can also be called Coxa Saltans. This is a very common condition especially in females, but it can happen in both genders and any age.

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Does Weight Loss Help Joint Pain and Symptoms of Arthritis?

Weight loss and exercise can significantly improve arthritis join pain.  Plus, it’s never too late to get started to improve your quality of life. 

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Got a Bruised Spine Feeling? 5 Potential Causes

If you've wondered, "Why does my spine feel bruised?," you might be surprised to learn there may be several reasons for this symptom.

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Early Treatments for Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a very common complaint among patients of all ages.When you have back pain, it is worthwhile to figure out what is the reasoning you have back pain so then you are able to know what needs to actually be modified for early treatment.

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Occipital Neuralgia: What It Is and How to Treat It

Occipital neuralgia can be frustrating.  With a little education and proper treatment recovery is fully plausible. 

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Does Cracking Your Knuckles Cause Arthritis?

Does cracking your knuckles cause arthritis? Let's look at the facts and fiction of popping your knuckles.

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The Benefits of Using a Smart Workstation

Working at a desk may be inevitable.  Being sedentary and unhealthy are optional when you use a Smart Workstation.  It allows more movement to immediately improve your quality of life.

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Things To Know About Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement is; a prevalent purpose of shoulder pain, where a ligament inside your shoulder coats or captures on nearby muscle and bone as you hoist your armThe shoulder consists of three bones: the upper arm bone (humerus), the shoulder blade (scapula), and the collarbone (clavicle). The arm is held in your shoulder joint by your rotator cuff. Causes of shoulder impingement; Bursitis, Tendonitis. How shoulder impingement can be diagnosed, the symptoms, and how they can be treated.

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The New FlexiSpot Smart Workstation: Relieve Pain While Boosting Productivity

Learn about the features and perks of the FlexiSpot EM6S Smart Workstation that create the ideal mix of productivity, style and spine health.

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Arthritis and Humid Weather: Why Do Your Joints Pain?

You swear your joints pain can predict the weather. Is there a link between arthritis and humid weather? Here's about how weathers can affect your joints pain.

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4 Common Causes of Shoulder Pain Between Shoulder Blades

The shoulders have to shoulder a lot of daily bodily movements. Shoulder pain might be something obvious like an injury or something like an underlying disease.

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The Link Between Bad Posture and Back Pain

Back pain is a common problem and bad posture is often the cause. Most of the time pain related to posture is brought on by repetitive activities, strain, and tension. Improving our alignment helps the body work more easily and is an effective back pain treatment approach.

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Arthritis and Humid Weather: Why Do Your Joints Ache?

You swear your joints can predict the weather. Is there a link between arthritis and humid weather? Here's why your joints are weather-sensitive.

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4 Common Causes of Pain Between Shoulder Blades

Pardon the pun, but your shoulders tend to "shoulder" a lot of responsibilities. They help you lift, lower, turn, twist and move your upper torso in all directions — and it's in large part thanks to the muscles between the shoulders and the shoulder blades.

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3 Signs of Cervical Radiculopathy

What causes pins and needles in your shoulder, arm, or hand? The problem might be cervical radiculopathy, a pinched nerve in your neck.

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A Guide for Employees Living With Chronic Pain

Many Americans live with health issues, including managing chronic pain at work. Living with chronic pain is a challenge, but it can be overcome. 

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Why You Get Upper Back Pain After Running

Running is great for your cardiovascular fitness. However, if you run improperly, you may experience upper back pain after running. 

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5 Exercises to Help Strengthen Your Back

Back strengthening exercises can help reduce or eliminate back pain. 

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3 Habits That Can Lead to Anterior Head Syndrome

Anterior head syndrome can be a pain in the neck. Here's why three common habits may be to blame, and how to nip them in the bud, fast. 

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Can My Doctor Prescribe a Standing Desk?

One common question from health-conscious workers is, "Do I need a doctor's note for standing desk requests to my employer?" No, but it can help your case. 

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Why You Should Learn How to Sleep On Your Back

How to learn to sleep on your back can be as easy as a commitment and a few good pillows. 

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What Is Spinal Stenosis?

Wondering what is spinal stenosis? Learning more about this degenerative problems helps you lower your risk for developing it. 

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Driving With Sciatica Tips

One of the exacerbating factors of sciatic pain is sitting for long periods of time, especially while driving. Here are a few driving with sciatica tips.

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Pain When Walking: What You Shouldn't Ignore

What should you do if you experience pain when walking? 

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Can You Use Medical Marijuana for Back Pain?

Considering medical marijuana for back pain? Here's what you should know. 

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How Much Does It Cost to See a Chiropractor?

The average cost of chiropractic visit depends on the chiropractor's education level, experience and access to specialized medical equipment. 

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How a Standing Desk Can Help with Your Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common reasons people experience heel pain, and it leads to over one million doctor’s visits each year in the U.S. Unfortunately, the condition is not that well understood and so most treatment routes end up falling short. Luckily, a new, simple, non-invasive strategy may be a promising option for ridding patients of their pain. This approach requires no medication, no surgery, and no costly equipment or therapy. Instead, it simply requires that people use a standing desk.

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Identifying a Pinched Femoral Nerve

Characterized by numbness and nerve pain in the groin, a pinched femoral nerve may also bear similarities to other nerve conditions. 

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Why Is My Shoulder Popping?

If you're wondering "Why is my shoulder popping?" then wonder no more. Check out a list of all the possibilities and what to do next. 

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Typing Ergonomics Tips: Improper Techniques Could Be Hurting You

Practicing good typing ergonomics helps your health and productivity. Here's how to maintain an ergonomic typing position all day. 

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How Many Thoracic Vertebrae Are There?

Learning about these groups of vertebrae will help you protect them and keep them healthy. So, let's start with, "How many thoracic vertebrae are there?" 

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How to Sit Comfortably With Sciatica

The best sitting position for sciatica is standing. 

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6 Bra Shopping Tips to Help Relieve Back Pain

Got back pain from bra line areas? The right bra type and fit can make a world of difference. Here's how to find it. 

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Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Spinal decompression is a treatment that has its critics and its champions. So, we ask the question, "does spinal decompression work?" 

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5 Easy Hand Stretches to Relieve Carpal Tunnel Symptoms NOW

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common nerve problem in today's society due to extended computer use. Try these simple and effective hand stretches. 

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The Best Sitting Position for Lower Back Pain

FInding the best sitting position for lower back pain can make your days at the office enjoyable. It doesn't require fanc equipment either. 

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Getting Just the Right Massage Technique for Lower Back Pain

Many people turn to deep tissue massage for lower back pain when other interventions don't work. Learn more about what to focus on here. 

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Fixing Your Anterior Pelvic Tilt

Fixing anterior pelvic tilt takes time, but you can use exercises and stretches to help put your pelvis back into proper alignment. 

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Shake If Off: The Health Benefits of Vibration Therapy

The benefits of vibration massage can include relief from back pain. 

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How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work? What to Know Before You Go

Wondering how does deep tissue massage work? Like its name suggests, this technique reaches the deeper layers of tissue, but it's not right for everyone. 

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4 Back-Friendly Reasons the ACA Endorses the FlexiSpot ClassicRiser Series

The ACA granted FlexiSpot its full endorsement for all four sit-stand desk models in the ClassicRiser series. 

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Three Movements, Three Workarounds: How to Protect Your Spine While Lifting Weights

It's important to know how to protect your back when lifting weights both to prevent injury and to maximize desired results. 

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You Won't Believe What Sitting All Day Actually Does to Your Butt

What can you do if you experience pain in your buttocks when sitting for long periods? 

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Working With MS: Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Issues and the Office

Working with MS isn't impossible. Knowing your rights and planning for what you need help you stay in the workforce long-term. 

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Are Your Genes to Blame for Your Back Problems?

Certain genetic changes may boost your likelihood of developing a congenital spinal deformity or other painful spinal problems. 

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Talking Back: How to Describe Back Pain to Your Doctor

To get the right treatment, you'll need to know who to see for back pain and how to describe it at the appointment. These tips can help. 

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What Is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?

There's no need to wonder, "What is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?" any longer. Use this guide to learn if OMT can help you. 

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Understanding Your Feet: A Beginner's Guide to Pronation and Supination

If your back hurts, there's a chance it's the natural movement of your feet as you walk. Understanding what is supination and over pronation can help. 

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Flying With Back Pain: Protecting Your Spine While Traveling

If you're flying with back pain, here are some tips on how to make your travel more comfortable. 

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Coming Back to Work After a Wrist Injury

What should office workers know about working with wrist pain? 

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Here Comes the Sun: Vitamin D Deficiency and Your Spine Health

Vitamin D deficiency may add to back pain, but you can boost your levels with some foods, supplements and time in the sun. 

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Do Posture Braces Work? The Pros, Cons and Three Alternatives to Consider

Do posture braces work? The scientific evidence seems to be up in the air, but these pros, cons and alternatives might help you decide what's best for you. 

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Prevent Future Neck Problems With Good Pillow Practices

A good night's sleep is a key factor in preventative health. But your pillow may be doing more harm than good. 

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Back Pain: Should You Try Physical Therapy or Chiropractic Care?

Back Pain: Should You Try Physical Therapy or Chiropractic Care? 

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What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Most people have back pain sometimes. But what if your back pain is caused by something from within the spine itself? What is Degenerative Disc Disease? 

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The Benefits of Back Massages Extend Beyond Relaxation

Massages for back pain are among the preventive health care activities that can really make a difference in your daily life. 

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How an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Can Help Your Back Pain

If you're looking for foods to alleviate back pain, try an anti-inflammatory diet. You'll have to eliminate a lot of foods, so here's how to start. 

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Up, Down, Up, Down: The Benefits of Adjustable Beds

Are you curious about the benefits of adjustable beds? Here's a brief guide to help you understand your options. 

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Choosing the Best Bag for Back Health

Better back health support starts with choosing (and wearing) a back-friendly bag. Learn more about picking the best bag for you. 

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Road Trip: Long Distance Driving and Your Spine

Snacks. Gas. Music. Map or GPS. You have a lot to plan for when you are headed out on a road trip, but driving and back pain may not be one that makes the 

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Step by Step: Walking Apps and Your Back

Can walking help back pain? Walking apps can help you get your daily steps, which can keep you in shape and alleviate ailments like back pain. 

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Mental Tricks To Lessen Back Pain and Reduce Stress at Work

Try these mental tricks to reduce stress at work and alleviate back pain. 

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Finding Your "Sole" Mate: The Best Shoes for Your Back Health

From flats to high heels, how choosing the best shoes for back can offer back pain relief.
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What to Expect From a Chiropractic Manipulation

Back ache? Neck ache? Headache? You may want to learn more about what is a chiropractic manipulation, and what it can do for your spine health. 

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7 Ways to Avoid Back Pain as a New Parent

The next time you're feeling the aches and pains of parenthood, consider these tips to ease the load of back pain for new parents. 

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Managing Scoliosis in the Workplace

Managing scoliosis in the workplace can be daunting, but the right tools and your doctor's advice help you eliminate pain and stay productive. 

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6 Tips For Treating Your Spine Right

Your spine is literally the backbone of everything you do, so good spine health is critical to your quality of life. 

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Dealing With Arthritis in the Winter

As the months get colder, individuals who suffer from arthritis in the winter begin to feel their joints tense up. Here are 5 suggestions for relief. 

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Preventing and Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common ailment that leads to missed work days and productivity. Follow these preventative tips to avoid this painful condition. 

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Could a Neck Traction Device Decrease My Neck Pain?

A neck traction device is a great tool for treating general neck pain symptoms. There are a variety of medical office and home options you can try. 

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Busting Broken Neck Myths: What Do Spinal Cord Injuries Really Mean?

There are several broken neck myths, which seem to stem from the fact that the term isn't very clear. What does it mean to "break your neck"? 

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Can You Feel Better When Cold, Wet Weather Aches Your Joints?

For many people, joint health in cold weather is a real concern. Try these remedies to east the aches and pains during the winter months. 

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How Long Commutes Can Affect Spine Health

Whether by train, car or subway, the effect of long commutes can take a health toll. Here's how to alleviate back pain, among other commuter ailments. 

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What Pillow Is Best for Neck and Back Pain?

How to find the best pillow for back pain and neck pain management, and the best sleep position to go with them. 

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Joint Replacement Surgery: Recovering From Hip Replacement Surgery

Any kind of joint replacement surgery is a major operation. But recovering from hip replacement surgery in the workplace doesn't have to be strenuous. 

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