Some of us have to work jobs that put pressure on different parts of the body. A pitcher's arm, for instance, after the end of a long career, is likely going to have a lot of wear and tear -- much more than someone who only engaged in normal, everyday activities.
The same is true for a gardener, who spends much of their time hunched down, which can put pressure on the spine.
In 2016, the North American Spine Society (NASS) surveyed its members, asking them to indentify the worst vocations for your back. Some of the answers are a bit surprising, too.
Below we'll discuss some of the worst jobs for your back as well as go over some ways that you can ease the tension in your back, neck, and spine.
Being a Mom or Performing "Mom-ly" Duties
Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and care-giving can take a serious toll on your spine health. This might come about from the day-to-day activities of being a Mom, or the daily grind of running or working at a daycare.
Even the little things like lifting a child all day and hauling around a cumbersome diaper bag puts undue pressure on your spine.
In order to remedy this, try an ergonomic, backpack-style diaper bag instead of its over-the-shoulder counterpart. Try to also invest in an easy load stroller or carriage device to make life easier on yourself.
Dentists, Doctors, and Nurses
Believe it or not, being an orthodontist, endodontist, and even a general practitioner can put you at increased risk for neck and back problems. Dentists spend much of their time hunched over their patients, trying to create Hollywood-level smiles.
Nurses also spend a lot of time on their feet, transferring patients, lugging heavy equipment. It's also a high stress situation -- all of which make a person more susceptible to pain and injury.
Stretching yourself out during a shift -- let's say once every hour or so -- can go an extremely long way in preserving your back, neck, and joints. Try shoulder and neck rolls, neck bends, and hamstring stretches!
Office workers spend much of their days hunched over a computer, staring at a computer screen. More often than not, a person's office usually isn't springing for top-of-the-line ergonomic options when it comes to chair and desk setup.
The day-to-day inactivity also takes its toll on the common office worker as well, so be careful to mix things up whenever you can.
This might mean standing up to do a stretch routine, retreating to the breakroom to do some push-ups when nobody's watching (even if people are -- who cares; it's your spine health!), or simply getting up from your desk and walking to the water cooler at the top of every hour.
If your job has you experiencing back or neck pain, don't spend another day in discomfort. Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule your consultation.