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When you think of work injury you might imagine a construction worker injuring themselves from heavy lifting or a barista slipping on a wet floor. However, the category of work injuries’ includes all injuries, both major and minor, that originate or relate to one’s career, workplace, or job. In fact, the most common cause of work injury is simply due to overuse and repetitive stress injuries.

Gone is the time of hunting and gathering for survival. Instead, for a majority of people, it has been replaced with hours of endless sitting at the desk working, studying, and replying to emails. Because of the perpetual physical stagnation, people have a high chance of developing aches and pains in the body.  The lack of motion can lead to a variety of physiological issues including pain in the neck, shoulders, low back, frequent headaches, fatigue, chronic stress, or difficulty sleeping.

Did you know that the lack of physical activity increases the chance of physical injuries? Neglected and underused muscles and ligaments are more likely to be injured which is why simple tasks like re-organizing and moving boxes in the garage can ‘throw out your back. Other possible injuries related to work include:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Severe Low back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tightness/Stiffness in joints
  • Slipped or Herniated discs

The good news is that many work injuries develop slowly and are preventable. A few easily adaptable career and lifestyle habits can make a huge difference in prevention of work injuries and contribute to a healthier lifestyle overall.

  • Taking frequent breaks
  • Stretching
  • Regular physical activity such as: sports, cardio, and weight lifting
  • Stress management activities
  • Having a ergonomic work environment
  • Chiropractic adjustments to reduce tension in the body