Workplace Related Physical Stress

Author: Dr Bennett June 29, 2017 Body Workz Wellness

We all know that stress occurs daily at the workplace, and there are certain times when it is helpful. For example, it helps when you’re about to make a big presentation or close a large sale. That rush of adrenaline can actually benefit you in those types of situations. However, when stress becomes too frequent of an occurrence and begins to develop a pattern of interfering with your rest and relaxation, it then starts to negatively impact your health and can cause physical complications.

Work related physical stress due to sitting

This is a growing problem around the world, especially as many jobs are becoming more and more centered around sitting while working. Which is perhaps the most common and damaging habit for your body these days. Sitting for extended periods of time at work begins to alter muscles in your back that result in alignment issues of your spine. It also leads to disruptions within your central nervous system, poor posture, muscle strain, back pain, etc.

The human body is not designed for those extended periods of desk work, and even if you get up and stretch your legs often, sitting in poorly designed work areas or work equipment can cause the very same types of issues.

Work related physical stress not due to sitting

Even though the growing trend is stress due to extended periods of sitting, there are still many people who experience physical stress in the workplace and they don’t sit for prolonged periods of time. For those people, stress in the workplace can be caused by many different types of activity.

A few include:

  • Repetitive actions such as lifting, bending, twisting, etc.
  • Exhaustion due to long hours
  • A heavy workload
  • Dangerously tight deadlines
  • Insufficient supervision or training for the job
  • An unsafe work environment, etc.

Without taking precautions and the proper care, it can lead to back pain, repetitive strain injury, pulled muscles, headaches or migraines, etc. Which can result in lost time, reduced productivity, poor employee health, and low morale.

Other symptoms due to physical stress include:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle tension or strain
  • Frequent headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sleeping difficulties, such as insomnia
  • Gastrointestinal upsets, such as diarrhea or constipation
  • Dermatological disorders

Benefits of preventing stress in the workplace

It is important for both employers and employees to recognize work-related stress as a significant health and safety issue. Companies and employees should work together to take steps to ensure that employees are not subjected to unnecessary stress, including a safe working environment, ergonomically-friendly stand up desks and office chairs, time for stretching/breaks, making sure that everyone is properly trained for their duties, job rotations, etc.

Other benefits include:

  • Reduced symptoms of poor physical health
  • Fewer injuries, less illness and lost time
  • Reduced sick leave usage, absences and staff turnover
  • Increased productivity and employee engagement
  • Greater job satisfaction

If you need additional advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch. A mindful approach to managing physical stress within the workplace combined with corrective chiropractic care is the best way to prevent serious issues due to long-term stress from taking root in your life. Contact us today; we are here to help you!

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