KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A local chiropractor said she saw an increase in patient numbers as many still work from home and sit in uncomfortable positions.
The effects of the pandemic are still far-reaching, as if it were on people’s backs.
“I had my office closed for two weeks and immediately got calls from patients who were normal maintenance patients who didn’t really come in pain and suddenly they came in with a lot of pain,” said Dr. Heather Bourdon, owner of Unbroken Chiropractic.
Bourdon is a chiropractor in Crossroads. She said the pandemic puts a strain on your back because of that one culprit.
“Low back pain, neck pain, hip pain, these are the biggest ones I’ve seen and I think it was because of poor ergonomics in the workplace,” said Bourdon. “People sat at their kitchen countertops or their couches, or wherever it was convenient, to get some rest from their children, too.”
The calls to her office kept coming.
“I was really surprised at the increase in pain just because they sat at home and didn’t move as much as possible,” said Bourdon.
But, she said there are ways to help your back and other body parts when they’re in pain, things someone at home can do if they’re not sure about getting to an office like yours – starting with a ball.
“Place the ball between your shoulder and spine and just go against the wall, take your arm over your body, add a little stretch, and then just roll it up and down,” said Bourdon.
She shows several other moves for the home in the video above. But their biggest advantage is staying active and getting up as often as possible.
“Whether it’s getting up during a phone call, I know people use Zoom a lot more. If you get the chance to walk around, go for a walk, try to have more time to get up and walk all day, ”said Bourdon. “Not just at the end of the day or during lunch break. That’s probably the best.”