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Computer Users and Chiropractic

I did tech support  before becoming a chiropractor.  I know how hard it can be on the body.  We often talk about having a cushy office job.  If any of you have ever tried it then you know that doing nothing for a long period of time can be very hard, emotionally, mentally, and physically.  Perhaps even harder than an active job.  Office workers will often sit for 8 hours straight.  This can lead to structural weakness in our bodies.  Especially when we do it with poor posture.

Office workers often experience low back pain caused by normal daily activities because the ligaments in their low back have stretched to accommodate the slouch, and are therefore not able to handle regular activities.  They also often get upper back or neck pain from poorly set up work stations leading to poor posture.  Arm symptoms include tingling, numbness and pain.  Often over diagnosed carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms may develop.  These are some of the more common symptoms related to office workers.

These problems are not without solution.  And the solution is relatively easy, it just takes effort.  Don’t sit in the same position for more than 20 minutes.  Stand up every half hour at least for 5 minutes.  You don’t have to exercise, though that would be great.  Set a timer to remind you.  Stretch before and after your shift, your arms and wrists, your back and legs. Do a full 10 minutes of something to get you moving again.

Talk to your boss to see if he will allow time for this kind of thing.  I promise if he’s a good boss and you don’t abuse it he’ll be happy to have a healthy and more productive worker.  You may even implement a company wide policy.  Your company may even have reduced rates for workers compensation coverage for doing it.  If your employer is hesitant invite a local chiropractor to come talk about the benefits of a program like this to the company.  Companies loose millions each year because of back pain.  Time off, unproductive time, etc…

If it’s too late, and you already have these symptoms, your chiropractor can help.  It’s all about function, and a chiropractor can help restore that function, so that you can get back to living life.

Chiropractic Care Could $ave Billions

A new study by Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield suggests that people who seek chiropractic care for common spinal diagnoses have a 10-23% cost savings over traditional medical care.

Over the past decade or two there have been occasional studies investigating the effectiveness of chiropractic care.  I’ve reported on some of them in the past.  In general the studies look at low back pain.  They usually find that chiropractic care is at least as effective as traditional care in results without the side effects.  Very few have looked at costs.  As expected some of the studies are less favorable and some are more.  The preponderance of the evidence points to good outcomes, few side effects and cost savings over the traditional care.

With the public eye on health reform and cost savings; here are some numbers that should be considered.  At any given time about 15% of the US population suffers from back issues.  In 2005 we as a nation spent $85.9 billion on back treatments, yet only 8% of Americans have used chiropractic.  To extrapolate out from this study and these numbers there is an annual health care savings of about $9-20 Billion to be had just by referring all back pain patients to chiropractors.  (That could pay for numerous Cash for Clunkers programs or actually save the taxpayers money.)

So, call your congressman or the White House.  Tell them if they have to pass some sort of health insurance reform to make sure it includes the cost saving advantages of chiropractic care.  Go to http://www.chirovoice.org/ to find out how to support chiropractic politically, or directly here to contact your representatives.