Standing All Day at Work? It May Take a Toll on Your Body

In the past we have discussed the correlation between sitting at a desk all day long and low back pain. Today we want to talk about the other side of the career spectrum – this is for those of us who work on our feet all day for a living. These can include healthcare, retail, mail carrying, food service and teaching professionals just to name a few. More than half of worker’s worlds wide spend more than three-quarters of their workday standing. And for females, wearing high heels all day can multiply the pain over time. Studies show that standing for up to two hours can result in short-term problems such as minor backaches and leg camps. However, consistently standing for 5 or more hours a day has been correlated with severe back pain and musculature disorders. This means that those of us who are on our feet for most the work day are at a higher risk to experience severe back discomfort.

Most low back pain is considered a mechanical issue, meaning it is not from infection, fracture, or cancer. At Chesapeake Family Wellness Center, many of our clients come to us seeking help to relieve low back pain. After identifying the problem and the cause, begin by performing chiropractic spinal manipulation. We can help relax tense muscles in your back to promote healing through gentle manual manipulation. Depending on the case it is our goal to reduce inflammation, restore mobility, and improve mobilization to decrease your low back pain.

Outside of our office visits, we advise our patients to consciously stand and sit in a neutral position with shoulders back and weight distributed evenly between hips and feet. Incorporating flexibility and strength training into your weekly routine is also highly recommended. If you are on your feet all day and are also experiencing back discomfort, this may be the correlation! We are here, and ready to get you back to living a back-pain-free life! Call to schedule an appointment or book online now!


SOURCES: Maria-Gabriela Garcia, Ph.D. candidate, Sensory-Motor Systems Lab, department of health sciences and technology, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland; Kermit Davis, Ph.D., graduate program director, environmental and occupational hygiene program, University of Cincinnati; June 2015, Human Factors, online

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