Last week was Teacher Appreciation week. Did you get a chance to thank an educator? If not, it’s never too late to show your appreciation to teachers! Here at Gulfshore Chiropractic Clinics, we value teachers and the hard work that they put into their daily lives to mold students. But, part of the daily routine can be really hard on your body and can cause severe back, neck, and head pain. This newsletter is dedicated to teachers AND those that have jobs that require consistent bending, standing, and a “head down” posture. If you find this information helpful, share it with your teacher friends!
A day in the life of a teacher involves long periods of standing, a “head down” posture to help students, and lifting heavy objects. All of this can lead to extreme back pain for our teachers.
Teachers Put Their Backs Through Difficult Positions
“In one study, it was found that nearly half of all teachers in China suffered from some form of back pain. What causes such a high prominence of back pain in teachers? Think about how you spend a typical day teaching. You likely stand up for several hours while lecturing and moving around the room. If you have bad standing posture, you are likely putting severe strain on your back. However, the biggest problem isn’t standing, but sitting for extended periods. Teachers often sit in their chairs correcting papers, both at school and at home. Improper back support and a lack of movement both contribute to severe and increased back pain.”
Stress Can Seriously Impact Their Back Pain
“Teachers often suffer from excessive stress, a problem that can also contribute to back pain. It may be hard to believe, but stress can actually cause physical changes in your body that result in increased back pain. And since teachers so often suffer from stress, it’s easy to see how they could fall victim to this problem. How exactly does stress cause back pain? There are several possible explanations. One contributing factor may be the way that stress may cause a teacher to be rather low on energy at the end of the day. This may cause them to become more physically stagnant, leading to lower muscle tone in the back and increased pain symptoms.”
How Chiropractors Can Help
“Chiropractors will identify the source of your back pain and will treat your pain with subtle manipulations in your back to help alleviate excessive pressure. This also helps to keep your pain from getting worse. Chiropractic treatments are also a great stress relief, which can help break up any stress-related tension in your muscles.
Chiropractors can also give you a variety of tips for supporting your back during the day (such as sitting and standing with good posture or using support braces in your chair during breaks). They can also identify potentially serious problems (such as scoliosis) and treat them successfully.
If you’re a teacher and suffering from back pain that makes your job difficult, you owe it to yourself to go to a chiropractor as soon as possible. They will help treat your problem and get you back on your feet and teaching as soon as possible.”
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“Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a problem of the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand. CTS occurs when the median nerve gets compressed in the carpal tunnel, a narrow tunnel at the wrist made up of bones and soft tissue. Nerves, tendons, and blood vessels travel through this tunnel, which when compressed may result in pain, weakness, and/or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating into the forearm.
CTS typically occurs in adults, with women three times more likely to develop it than men. The dominant hand is usually affected first, and the pain is typically severe.
What Are the Symptoms?
Burning, tingling, itching, and/or numbness in the thumb, index, and middle fingers are common CTS symptoms. Some people with CTS say that their fingers feel useless and swollen, even though little or no swelling is apparent. Since many people sleep with flexed wrists, the symptoms often first appear while sleeping. As symptoms worsen, people may feel tingling during the day.
What Is the Treatment for CTS?
Initial therapy includes:
Resting the affected hand and wrist.
Avoid activities that may worsen symptoms.
Immobilize the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending.
Applying cool packs to help reduce swelling from inflammation.
Chiropractic joint manipulation and mobilization of the wrist and hand, stretching and strengthening exercises, soft-tissue mobilization techniques, and even yoga can be helpful. Scientists are also investigating other therapies, such as acupuncture, that may help prevent and treat this disorder.”
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