Health at Work: National Employee Health and Fitness Day

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National Employee Health and Fitness Day occurs each year on the third Wednesday of May. Companies around the nation hold festivities to promote healthy and fit work environments. Some hold walking events and some provide healthy snacks for their employees. It’s a nice reminder that companies should be invested in their employees’ health and fitness. After all, healthy employees make up a healthy company!

Staying Healthy at Work

Depending on your work environment, there are many different things you can do to stay fit and healthy throughout your workday.

  1. Bring a healthy lunch instead of grabbing fast food.
  2. Drink tea instead of sodas to give you a boost of caffeine.
  3. If possible, switch out your desk chair for an exercise ball.
  4. Better yet, get an adjustable desk that converts to a standing desk.
  5. Maintain good posture at your desk to avoid back and shoulder pain.
  6. Walk around throughout the day to stretch your legs.
  7. Make sure to drink enough water, preferably at least 8 glasses a day.
  8. Position your computer screen an arms length away to prevent eye strain.
  9. Lift with your legs, not your back,when lifting boxes or other objects.
  10. Wash your hands!

Work-Related Injuries Airrosti Treats

Upper Back and Shoulder Pain

Sitting slouched with shoulders hunched forward can lead to tightness throughout the upper back, shoulders and neck. This pain is often called Upper Cross Syndrome, or UCS. UCS is often found in office workers who lean forward in their chairs and strain to see their computer screens. If left untreated, it can lead to further hunching and slouched posture, even when walking. The Airrosti Certified Providers are expertly trained to pinpoint the cause of your pain and provide rapid pain relief using highly specific, noninvasive manual therapy. They will also teach you proper active rehab exercises and stretches you can do at home to speed recovery, improve posture and core strength, and prevent future injuries.

Carpal Tunnel and Wrist Pain

Many office employees experience Carpal Tunnel-like wrist pain from typing on a keyboard and using a mouse for hours on end. While the pain may feel like it’s originating in your wrist, it’s likely that there is inflammation or an adhesion on the soft tissue in your arm that is inadvertently affecting your wrist. Unlike traditional treatment options that only mitigate the symptoms, Airrosti Providers address the root cause of the pain. This leads to a more permanent solution — without surgery.

Lower Back Pain

If your job requires lifting or moving objects, one wrong move can cause you to sprain or strain your back. Contrary to what many people think, staying active, not bed rest, is best for a hurt back. However, it’s important to understand the right way to speed recovery while staying safe and avoiding additional complications or injuries. That’s why, at Airrosti, we take the time to educate our patients on their specific injury and provide proper tools and exercises that will help them maintain long-lasting results. Patient education and injury prevention is an integral part of our approach to quality care.
If you’ve been suffering from any of these common workplace injuries, contact Airrosti to schedule an appointment.

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