Chiropractic care for construction workers
Construction workers spend nearly all day on their feet lifting objects, reaching, bending, and otherwise straining their bodies. Injuries incurred by construction work are incredibly common and around 25% of those injuries are spine related.
From lifting heavy objects to digging ditches, the life of a construction worker is spent doing long hours of physically demanding tasks. This can lead to a myriad of problems such as back pain, neck pain, wrist pain, and more. Without proper care, this could increase their risk for injuries.
Chiropractic care can help keep the spine healthy so construction workers can stay on the job and be pain free. Regular treatment can offset the stress that is put on the body each day in this rigorous, physically demanding profession.
Common injuries construction workers experience
Upper and lower back pain due to improper lifting techniques.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) often caused by excessive power tools use leading to damage of the wrists and elbow joints due to improper handling and excessive vibration.
Tendonitis of shoulder, elbow, knee, and other joints.
Pinched nerves that radiate pain and numbness to upper and lower extremities.
Sciatic nerve pain.
Accidental slip and fall on a slippery floor.
BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR WORKERS
Helps restore and maintain mobility
The level of muscle strain for construction workers and other physical work can lead to almost constant stiffness and pain throughout the body. This can lead to lack of mobility, especially if the pain is in the back. A painful lower back can make it difficult to move the legs, bend, or even move normally. Chiropractic helps to relieve the pain and reduce the stiffness so that mobility is restored.
Helps the body to recover from injuries
Construction-related injuries are common on a job site. Most are minor and tend to be ignored by the person until they are in so much pain that they can no longer function properly. Back pain is a common condition among construction workers, and it can incapacitate someone for a long time.
Chiropractic care helps the body heal faster and more effectively by focusing on the whole body, not just the part that hurts. The patient receives treatments in the chiropractor’s office, then returns home with advice on lifestyle changes, supplements, and exercises to facilitate and speed healing.
For anyone working in the construction industry, especially if their job is physically demanding, regular chiropractic care is a no-brainer. It allows the spine to stay healthy and the body to move as it should.
Helps Relieve Back Pain
This benefit is probably the best known when it comes to going to the chiropractor. 80% of all Canadians will experience low back pain in their lifetime. Medication and surgery are options for this type of pain, but they can be dangerous, expensive, and ineffective. An adjustment by your chiropractor can significantly reduce your back pain using a non-invasive technique.
Corrects muscle imbalances
Workers who perform repetitive movements may experience muscle imbalance. This means that some muscles are tense (the ones that are used) and others are not being worked as hard. It can cause pain in the muscles as well as in other parts of the body.
A chiropractor can perform a technique called “myofascial release” to relax tight muscles. At the same time, they recommend exercises for the less strained muscles so that the body regains its balance. Muscular imbalance can also lead to spinal misalignment. The chiropractor will therefore also make an adjustment to rebalance the whole body.
Improves range of motion
Just as construction and other physical work can affect mobility, it can also affect range of motion in the joints through muscle strain and stiffness. When the spine is not properly aligned, it can reduce flexibility and significantly limit the range of motion of the joints, whether in the back, shoulders, legs, or neck. Chiropractic adjustments properly align the spine, which improves range of motion.
Increase your Energy Level
Another unexpected benefit of seeing a chiropractor is a boost in energy. Construction workers do a physically demanding job, and the last thing they want is to be tired in the middle of the day.
A chiropractic adjustment can help improve energy levels by reducing tension in the spine. Aside from that, the adjustment frees the nerves in the body so that they can work more freely. All in all, the combination of these two factors can help the worker feel more energized throughout the day.
Improve Productivity and Focus
When you are in pain, it can be difficult to focus on anything other than the pain. You focus on the pain in your body and how to relieve it. It is not ideal for a sustainable and healthy lifestyle, nor for your job. Fortunately, chiropractors can create a personalized treatment plan that identifies and treats your pain by getting to the source of the problem. Whatever the cause, the benefits of being free from pain will improve your focus and productivity at work. When you feel good, you will have the energy and motivation to work better
Ensuring a faster return to work
Studies have shown that injured workers return to work faster when receiving chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments, combined with an exercise and rehabilitation plan and occupational and lifestyle changes, has been shown to be effective in treating injured workers.
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At the Decarie Square Wellness Chiropractic Clinic, we believe the body works as one connected system. The spine, nervous system, muscles, and joints are all connected to each other, affecting the way our bodies maintain and restore their health. Dr. Goel combines a variety of treatments that reflect this holistic approach so that your body can be resilient in facing everyday challenges.
Chiropractic care is a safe, efficient, and effective way not only for eradicating the pain but also to address the underlying cause. Remember, if left untreated, sciatica can lead to permanent nerve damage in the future. If you are dealing with sciatica, contact our friendly clinic to book an appointment, for an accurate diagnosis and treatment of your condition. You can contact us online or call 514.344.6118.