The Most Valuable Tips For Cubicle Dwellers
More than 40 million people in North America sit in transit daily only to sit another eight or more hours in a cubicle. It is my professional opinion that this is one of the biggest burdens on our health as a nation. Obviously fast food, inactivity, over medication, smoking, drinking and poor genetics contribute to our nations health woes but the “cube life” not only contributes but arguably encourages some of these other behaviors. Although many companies are now allowing their employees to telecommute a couple of days a week, companies don’t appear to be abandoning the cubicle workplace any time soon.
As a chiropractic physician I see the negative effects of cube life in my office daily; as a matter of fact, most of the patients in my office work in a cubicle rather than blue-collar labor. You may be wondering why working in a controlled environment like a cubicle could be physically detrimental to an individual, so I will attempt to explain it in simple terms.
Simply put, as our technology has advanced our work environment has changed, however, our bodies have not evolved in the same fashion. We, as human beings are physically designed to work PHYSICALLY. We are still designed to perform as agrarians…plow fields, hunt and gather. All of the systems in our bodies work on a pump system: our heart pumps blood, lungs pump air; lymph system pumps our waste, etc. Sedentary work as you find in a cubicle does not activate or promote the use of these pumps.
With all of this said, there are some simple tips I would suggest you follow which may retard or even prevent the chronic conditions that a sedentary job typically leads to:
Don’t wait for symptoms to get worse before seeking care. Reoccurring headaches, numbness in your extremities, neck and back pain that are from cube life are not going away on their own. Consult a chiropractor regarding your symptoms. Massage therapy or working with a personal trainer may be an option based on your condition as well.