Are Standing Desks Good For Your Back?

are standing desks good for your back?Sitting for prolonged periods of time can be a lot of stress on your joints. Sure, you’re not doing anything strenuous, but sitting up in the same position for hours can cause your spine to compress creating lower back issues and place extra pressure on your hips and sitting bones. 

A recent trend in the office space has been to provide employees with standing desks. Most models allow the person to easily lift the desktop up and down as they please and is meant to allow you to get a 7th inning stretch at your desk while remaining productive. But, is this option right for everyone? 

Standing Desks vs. Sitting Desks

There are pros and cons for both standing and sitting desks. We’ll break it down for you here so that you can make the best decision for your body and needs. 

Sitting Desk: Pros

  • Maintain a restful, seated position
  • Expend less energy
  • Relieve pressure from feet especially important for those who suffer from varicose veins, injury related discomfort and is more comfortable for pregnant woman

Sitting Desk: Cons

  • Easily slouch after continued periods leading to lower back issues 
  • Experience muscle stiffness and back pain 
  • Sitting for extended periods of time contributes to heart disease and diabetes

Standing Desk: Pros

  • Increases energy levels
  • Improves focus and circulation
  • Contributes to additional calorie burn

Standing Desk: Cons 

  • Sore feet
  • Does not work well with laptops 
  • Increased risk of varicose veins

Many of the pitfalls of working with a sitting desk can be avoided. For instance, if you are prone to varicose veins, simply shifting your weight frequently can greatly help in reducing your risk of developing them. And, if you’re concerned with your feet hurting all day from standing too long, prepare to wear more comfortable shoes to work or stand on a mat made to distribute pressure. 

But, sitting all day, on the other hand, can contribute to various ailments such as sciatica pain and poor posture. Maintaining a stationary position all day long can also exacerbate existing issues like if you’re prone to back spasms which are often relieved by additional physical activity. 

Should You Use a Standing Desk?

So, is a standing desk right for you? Only you can truly answer that question. We’ve seen that standing desks promote overall health and wellness but it’s not always a possibility to modify your desk at the office. If you’re unable to convince your boss to invest in a standing work station but believe you’d truly benefit from additional activity during the day, there are still activities you can do to help get you out of your chair:

  • Stand up and stretch when you begin to feel a bit stiff
  • Enjoy a stroll around the building every hour
  • Walk to lunch
  • Take short breaks to chat at your co-worker’s desk

It is never a good think to remain sedentary all day long. Get up and move around or invest in a standing desk to keep you in front of your computer while doing something good for yourself.

If you have been experiencing back stiffness or other joint issues from prolonged sitting, visit Catalina Medical Center to make an appointment with our experience chiropractors today.

Can a Chiropractor Help with Tennis Elbow?

chiropractic treatment tennis elbow redondo beachTennis elbow affects more than just tennis enthusiasts. Caused by inflammation of the tendons in the elbow due to overuse of the muscles in the forearm, virtually anyone can develop tennis elbow, or epicondylitis.

Typing for several hours at a time, driving a stick shift, too many bicep curls at the gym are all ways to develop tennis elbow. One thing is for certain, however it’s developed, tennis elbow can be a major pain.

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is not difficult to diagnose, but people tend to let it go untreated for much too long worsening their condition in the process. You may have epicondylitis if you’re experiencing pain on the outside of the elbow while doing the following activities:

  • Squeezing objects
  • Leaning on a hard surface
  • Lifting moderately heavy objects
  • Shaking hands with others

Treatments for Tennis Elbow

At Home Treatment

First bit of advice is to rest the affected arm. Remember, tennis elbow is caused by repeated use so give it a good rest and see if that helps. If you absolutely cannot avoid activity, a counter-force brace may work to support the arm and reduce the impact to the elbow. If you’re in the midst of experiencing the pain, icing for up to 30 minutes at a time at 3 hour intervals should help.

Medication

Medications that reduce swelling like ibuprofen or naproxen will lessen the pain. Try to be proactive to ward off symptoms and take some before the onset of activity. Often times, people will feel the effects upon waking in the morning. Having medication on the ready is a good move.

Chiropractic Treatment of Tennis Elbow

Chiropractors specialize in caring for the joints in the body and are not limited to spinal treatments. Often times, issues in your joints can be traced back to misaligned joints elsewhere. In the case of tennis elbow, you could be suffering misalignment in your shoulder or neck. Your chiropractor will be able to determine if this is the case and work toward proper alignment.

Increasing blood flow to the area through chiropractic treatment is one way that a chiropractor can help with tennis elbow. Methods to increase the blood flow range from acupuncture and ultrasound to cold laser therapies. Increased circulation helps to reduce any spasms in the forearm which will ultimately prevent tendons in the elbow from swelling. 

Although you may be able to get rid of your tennis elbow by implementing some at home methodologies or through your chiropractor, it will most definitely come back if you’re not careful. If you’re a fitness enthusiast, check that you’re maintaining proper form during activity as this is frequently a cause of the condition. If you find that your condition could be caused by a more benign activity that’s cemented in your daily routine (such as typing), take frequent breaks to rest and stretch your forearm muscles.

Think you may have tennis elbow and live in the Redondo Beach area? Contact Catalina Medical Center to get chiropractic treatment for your tennis elbow.

Is it Normal to Feel Sore After a Chiropractic Adjustment?

sore after chiropractic adjustmentSomeone, after seeking chiropractic treatment, patients experience muscle soreness. Many patients wonder if this is normal or okay. Your chiropractor is supposed to make you feel better, so why do you feel so sore? The good news is that soreness after a chiropractic adjustment is usually normal, and, depending on your treatment, should be expected.

In this post we’ll discuss why soreness is normal and whether you can avoid it in the future. 

Why are you sore after a chiropractic adjustment?

Soreness after a chiropractic adjustment or treatment may be attributed to a number of factors. If you were suffering from a severe subluxation in the spine, the vertebrae and surrounding muscles likely had undue pressure applied to them for an extended period of time. The release of that pressure from a chiropractic adjustment allows muscles and tendons to return to their natural positions. This relaxation of the muscles and tendons is often uncomfortable, resulting in soreness. 

Another reason you may be sore after treatment is because chiropractic treatments also tend to release toxins from your body. The release of these toxins can cause you to experience headaches, cold/flu like symptoms, and additional  muscle soreness. Sometimes you may experience tension after treatment, but it should only last for a few hours immediately following your appointment. Applying ice packs may also help soothe any discomfort.

Is soreness avoidable?

Well, not entirely. Don’t forget that you’re going to your chiropractor because you’re experiencing joint and muscle pain. Chiropractors deal in the manipulation of the affected areas and the body parts which influence them like our necks and backs.

Seeing your chiropractor on a regular basis will help you to leave treatment without soreness or with minimal discomfort. The more often you receive treatments the better shape your body will ultimately be in. If you’re not going into the physician’s office in the worst possible shape your treatments will not be as intensive, trying to correct quite possibly years of damage.

Is it always normal to be sore?

Again, it depends on the treatment you receive, but not all pains are normal. For instance, a perfectly normal side effect is to experience the soreness for a few hours after treatment. If the issue persists for several days, this could be cause for concern.

Other atypical symptoms include:

  • Vertigo
  • Shooting pain
  • Sharp, localized pain
  • Blurry vision

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you call your chiropractor immediately to decide if further treatment is warranted.

Seeing a chiropractor is just like any other physician. You wouldn’t expect to see the dentist for a filling and not come out the other end feeling a little tender. When treating physical ailments, you should expect to feel a difference afterward. After all, that’s what you came for! If you’re in the Redondo Beach area and looking for a chiropractor check out Catalina Medical.

Exercises to Improve Balance

exercises to improve balanceMany times people feel that their ability to balance is like having good dance moves, you’ve either got it or you don’t. The good news is that’s not exactly true! 

There are several things that could be keeping you from maintaining optimal balance including injury, aging, or musculoskeletal issues. Regardless of your circumstance, there are ways to improve your balance.

Balance Exercises for Seniors

As we begin to age, it’s important that we remain as active as possible, and if you’re still working with a packed schedule, these exercises will fit into your day without much effort. These balance exercises can be done nearly anywhere at any time. 

  1.        Stand on one foot for 30 seconds at a time
  2.        Walk heal to toe
  3.        Back leg raises (holding onto the back of a chair or the wall, lift your straight leg directly out behind you)
  4.        Side leg raises (same as the back leg raises only lift your leg to the side)

While these may seem fairly simple, challenging yourself with these types of exercises go far in the way of improving your balance. These movements not only challenge you in the balance department, but you’re also strengthening your muscles through the repetitive movements. Stronger muscles makes it harder to take you down! As you begin to become stronger with improved balance, challenge yourself by only holding your support structure with one hand or doing the exercises for longer periods of time.

Exercises for People with Chiropractic Issues

If you’re experiencing balance problems due to chiropractic issues, first and foremost, a call to the chiropractor should be the first item on your check list. If you’ve already sought out chiropractic treatment, are looking to do a little more on your own and have received approval to do so, here are a few activities for you to try out:

  1.   Clock exercise: balancing on one leg with your back straight and head looking forward, picture a clock and move your arm from 12 to 9 to 3 etc. Try it on both sides.
  2.   Single leg deadlift, unweighted: standing on one leg with a slight bend in the knee, slowly hinge at the waist and try to touch the ground with your fingertips. Slowly make your way back to starting position. Don’t forget to do both sides!
  3.   Squats, unweighted: with feet shoulder width apart, chest up and face forward, sink down into a squatting position and hold for a moment. If you’d like to crank up the balance work, try a single leg squat.

Whether you need to improve your balance because of underlying musculoskeletal issues or because you’re getting up there in age, a chiropractor is absolutely one of the remedies you should be seeking. Chiropractors specialize in treating the entire body so if you’re a bit older and suffering from joint weakness that’s affecting your balance  or living with chronic pain, contact a Catalina Medical Center to get chiropractic treatment for your balance.