Most people would agree that the time they spend at work each day worsens their spinal canal stenosis symptoms. So many of us sit at a desk all day long, most likely in chairs that do not have proper support, that joint and muscle stiffness probably starts creeping up before lunchtime. The good news is that there are a variety of ways to reduce this discomfort and increase energy levels.
Remaining sedentary and in one position for too long, regardless of whether we sit in front of a computer or stand behind a cash register, takes its toll on the body: circulation decreases, muscles tighten, and overall flexibility is lost. All of these can aggravate the symptoms of spinal stenosis. Below are a few easy ways to mitigate spinal stenosis pain in the workplace:
- Make sure that your chair has proper lumbar support. If necessary, bring in a small pillow and fasten it to the back of your chair.
- Avoid wearing uncomfortable shoes that do not offer support. The more tension your feet are subjected to, the more tension your spine is subjected to.
- Practice good posture with a straight spine and your shoulders back, regardless of whether you sit or stand during the day.
- Take frequent breaks to walk around the office. Try doing a few stretches several times a day to keep your circulation moving.
- Always ask for help when any heavy objects need to be moved.
- Avoid snacking on foods or beverages that are high in fat, caffeine, salt or sugar, as these can exacerbate back pain and inflammation.
- Find out if there is a gym or yoga studio near your workplace. Mild exercise or stretching sessions before work, after work, or during your lunch break can contribute to overall back strength, muscle flexibility, weight loss, and an increased immune system.
If your pain from spinal canal stenosis becomes so severe that you find it difficult to attend work or do your job properly, you should discuss treatment options with your physician. After several months of conservative therapies, about 90% of patients are able to alleviate their symptoms. However, some patients do require spinal surgery to achieve lasting relief. If this is the case, contact Laser Spine Institute (LSI). Our team of orthopedic experts can tell you more about our endoscopic procedures that are minimally invasive and performed on an outpatient basis.