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Headaches and Sitting Long Periods

headache relief san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for headaches in San Francisco for over 23 years.

If you are someone that spends the majority of their time sitting at a desk in front of a computer, like most of our patients, you are prone to neck pain and headaches.

The reason for this is that  sitting long periods causes static muscle tension in the neck, back and shoulders. The neck muscles attach to the back of the head. Chronic tension on these muscles can cause pressure and pain in the head as well as neck, upper back, shoulder, arm or hand pain.

We are simply not designed to be sitting at a desk all day and we need to be proactive making sure we are doing things to counteract these negative stresses.

Here is a partial list of things you can do:

  1. Take frequent breaks and stretch and walk around.
  2. Make sure your workstation is ergonomically correct.
  3. Drink lots of water throughout the day.
  4. Eat lots of plant foods (anti-inflammatory).
  5. Get plenty of exercise.
  6. Get a desk that allows you to stand or sit.
  7. Do deep breathing exercises.

There are more but those will do for now. If you already have headaches then you should visit a chiropractor for an assessment. Depending on the type of headache and the nature and severity of your condition you may only need a few visits or you may need more.

The good news is that most headaches respond favorably to chiropractic, especially those related to sitting long periods.

So, prevention is best. But if you do get a headache then see your chiropractor.

If you live or work in San Francisco we have 2 clinics to serve you.

To find out if you are a candidate for headaches treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center.

 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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How To Prevent Back Pain At The Computer

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Low Back Pain From Sitting?

We have been providing treatment for back pain in downtown San Francisco for over 23 years.  

One of the more common problems patients present with at our chiropractic clinics is back pain from sitting long periods in front of a computer. Some of our patients spend 10-12 hours per day there doing repetitive movements. This is very hard on the back, neck and upper extremities and can often lead to chronic pain and disability.

So what is the best way to prevent back pain from sitting at the computer?

Well, first and foremost you want to think “healthy lifestyle”. That’s right…the same lifestyle choices that keep you strong and healthy will also increase your resistance to injury at your workstation. Here is a partial list of lifestyle choices that matter:

  • Get plenty of sleep. When you are tired and run down you are unable to perform at your best and your immune system is also compromised which predisposes you to sickness and injury.
  • Drink plenty of water. The body is 70% water and constantly needs to be replenished. Water also helps keeps the spinal discs hydrated and healthy.
  • Exercise frequently. Exercise keeps the spine, muscles and joints flexible and healthy which reduces your chances of repetitive stress injuries from sitting long periods.
  • Consume plant foods. That’s right, plant foods are “anti-inflammatory”. The typical American diet is pro-inflammatory and is a primary contributor to back pain.
  • Use a cervical pillow when you sleep as this will help to maintain proper spinal alignment.

In addition, there are some very specific things you can do at work to prevent back pain:

  • Take frequent Micro-breaks. Every 15-30 minutes or so get up and walk around for 1-2 minutes. This is a good time to stretch and drink some water.
  • Stretch throughout the day. Simply go to YouTube and search for stretches you can do at your desk. Then do them. Your chiropractor can also provide you with some handouts. This will go a long way helping to prevent and reduce back and neck pain.
  • Proper ergonomic set-up. Make sure your workstation is set-up properly. A few tweaks here and there can reduce stress on your body that can build-up and lead to injury and back pain.
  • Deep breathing exercises and help relax muscles, clear the mind, and reduce stress.

There you go. You really can work long hours at the computer and live a healthy “back pain free” lifestyle. It just takes a little attention and focus. It’s well worth the effort.

In the event you do develop back pain you should visit your chiropractor.  Some people choose to do this on a regular basis for prevention and maintenance. Others just come in whenever they feel they need a tune-up. Chiropractic is quick, painless, affordable, and effective.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors call 415-392-2225. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Chiropractic and the Office Worker

chiropractor posture san franciscoWe have been providing chiropractic to office workers in the San Francisco Financial District since 1992. 

People that spend the majority of their day sitting at a desk in front of a computer expose themselves to a unique set of risk factors. Prior to the technological revolution office workers would be doing a variety of tasks and were not confined to their workstations for hours on end with minimal breaks.

Now it seems staffs have been downsized to increase productivity and those lucky enough to have a job are spending even more time in front of the computer. Some even go home and work more. It’s no wonder there has been an increase in back and neck pain new patients at our clinics of late.

So what can be done to prevent musculoskeletal related  back and neck pain from sitting and working longs hours in front of a computer?

Well, chances are if you have a desk job you will be doing this for many years. This is how you will be putting food on the table. And, it’s also very likely that you spent 15-20 years in school sitting at a desk…and that you started your career with some sort of back or neck pain ailment.

My Advice: Treat your body as if you are a professional athlete and your work is your sport. If you do this you will reduce the odds of work related injuries which can also predispose you to sports injuries and chronic pain syndromes.

One of the primary tools of those in the know, including professional athletes, is chiropractic care. That’s right…most athletes get adjusted on a regular basis to reduce the odds of injury and speed up recovery from the stress and strain of training and performing.

And here’s the deal: You have access to the same chiropractors that the professional athletes use. The same doctors, the same technologies such as deep tissue laser therapy, ultrasound, Graston Techniques, Active Release Techniques (ART), and more. Some chiropractic clinics such as ours are diverse and offer physical therapy and medical care (See our primary San Francisco Chiropractic Center).

Some office workers choose to come in whenever they feel they need a tune-up. Some come in on regular intervals of once per week to once per month. Since chiropractic care is so affordable and does not take a lot of time, it is the perfect tool for busy office workers.

Here are some of the benefits of chiropractic care: 

  • Increased flexibility
  • Decrease inflammation and pain
  • Increase resistance to stresses (sitting and computer)
  • Better sleep
  • Better posture
  • Improved Mood

Common conditions office workers present with:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Shoulder, arm and hand pain
  • Headaches
  • Hip, knee, leg and foot pain
  • Vertigo and insomnia

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors call 415-392-2225. We validate parking at the Embarcadero Center. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Headaches From Sitting at the Computer?

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Headaches Relief in San Francisco

We have been treating headaches in San Francisco for over 23 years.  

Headaches are fairly common…especially with people that spend a lot of time on the computer like most of our chiropractic patients in the San Francisco Financial District.

Sitting for long periods in front of a computer can cause static muscle tension in the back, neck and shoulder muscles. Constant tension on the neck and shoulder muscles which attach to the head can cause tension headaches that can become chronic (lasting over 90 days) and debilitating.

Poor ergonomics can also contribute to computer related neck pain and headaches. As can lack of proper (frequent) micro-breaks, which are brief resting periods (typically 1-2 minutes) that allow the muscles to rest and recover.

In addition, you could be compounding the problem by sleeping on your stomach or using a soft pillow. It’s always best to sleep on your back or side with an orthopedic pillow like a Tempur-Pedic Pillow.

If you do get a sore neck at home there are stretches you can do as well as ice techniques to reduce inflammation, pain and muscle spasms.  Your chiropractor is your best resource for these.  You can also search Google or YouTube. If you do a search for the following you can find some videos we have done:

“Neck stretches Executive Express Chiropractic”, “cervical pillow executive express chiropractic”, “how to ice executive express chiropractic”.

Your chiropractor is also an expert on ergonomics as well as natural neck, shoulder, back and headaches treatment. Typically, you can expect to start feeling better right away…although it could take a few weeks.

Our San Francisco headaches treatment consists of chiropractic adjustments, massage, laser, ice, heat, ergonomic instruction, work and home stretches, cervical pillow, and stress reduction techniques. We have affordable cash fees and accept most insurance.

To find out if you are a candidate for headaches relief in San Francisco at our chiropractic clinic please call 415-392-2225. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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