According to the American Institute of Stress, 40% of workers in the United States
reported that their job was very or extremely stressful. Whether it’s physical labor or mental
exertion in the form of stress, our jobs can take a toll on us. This physical and mental taxation
can lead to health problems, especially if we don’t take proper care of our bodies.
That’s where chiropractic care comes in. Chiropractic is dedicated to helping patients
experience life fully, unhindered by pain and stiffness. We do that through a series of
adjustments and therapies designed to correct the body and restore order to the musculoskeletal
system. So, what are some of the most common ailments for those with labor-intensive jobs?
Let’s take a look.
• Back & Neck Pain. Back and neck pain are very common among those who work manual labor
jobs. Construction workers and warehouse personnel are especially prone to work-related injury.
Whether it’s moving heavy items or digging up the hard ground, repetition can cause strain.
• Overextension. Overextension occurs when you stretch your body beyond its natural limits.
Perhaps you’ve overextended your arm when reaching for something far away, or maybe you
overextended your neck trying to look beyond your scope of vision. This type of strain is
actually quite common among all types of jobs, not only the labor-intensive ones.
• Stress Tension. Strenuous jobs come with a cost. Ask anyone with deadlines to meet, projects to
complete, and bills to pay, and they’re likely to tell you that they’re stressed. Stress, both mental
and physical, is not uncommon in the workplace. Unfortunately, constant physical and mental
stress can cause damage to the body.
• Balance & Weight Distribution. Many labor-intensive jobs require workers to be on their feet
most of the day. While this may not sound like a big deal, it can put an enormous amount of
strain on your spine. For those that work on their feet, be sure to wear shoes that are comfortable
and supportive, and take a break to sit down when possible.
Chiropractors are trained to identify and treat all of the above symptoms as they relate to
your work and your body. If you are suffering from back pain, stress tension, or aching joints, we
invite you to come in for a free consultation here at Wirth Chiropractic. We’d love to meet with
you and set up a treatment plan that will ease your discomfort. Contact us today to get started!