Standing at work with a short leg may lead to back pain. A
short leg is usually enough to lead to back pain alone, but standing with one seems
to raise your risk for back pain even higher. Lucky you!!
Now Spengel Chiropractic isn’t sharing this information with
McHenry workers as an excuse not to work! Spengel Chiropractic does want
to make this risk for back pain known, so it can be remedied and/or even prevent
low back pain. So workers who have to stand all day and have some back pain may
want to stop in for a McHenry chiropractic examination! The chiropractic care at Spengel Chiropractic is thorough.
So what is all the excitement about a short leg anyway?
Well, first of all, it’s like having a car with a flat tire. The car won’t go
very far that way, will it? Same with your back. If one leg is shorter than the
other, extra stress is placed on the spine and all the related body parts. It’ll
wear out. As your car goes with the tow truck, your spine goes to the
chiropractor! Spengel Chiropractic sees a lot of worn out backs! The
McHenry chiropractic treatment plan with its Cox Technic gentle spinal
manipulation helps these worn out backs.
Now, the latest research article about leg length
discrepancy focuses on those workers who have to stand while working – meat cutters
and customer service representatives. Researchers measured the legs of standing
workers and found that 49% of the meat cutters and 44% of customer service
workers had a difference of at least 6 mm. 16% of the meat cutters and 15% of
the customer service reps had at least an 11 mm difference. (1) Spengel Chiropractic
notices how similar these results are in two different types of workers!
So what does this mean? In this study, a leg length
difference of 6 mm or more was associated with a higher intensity of low back
pain and a higher number of days with low back pain. The meat cutters seem to
be more affected than the customer service representatives though. Also, the length of sick leave due to low back
pain was a just bit longer for those with a leg length difference of 10 mm or
more. (1) The researchers note that this
isn’t “statistically significant,” but if it’s you who has to take a long sick
leave, it’s significant!
So if you stand while working and have back pain (or sit
while working and have back pain), make time for yourself to come to
Spengel Chiropractic for a thorough McHenry chiropractic examination. We’ll
be sure to check your leg lengths!
Contact Spengel Chiropractic today.