Are you a professional baker, chef or even a tattoo artist? Constantly looking down to chop or knead away? You may start to develop, or already have, what is known as Dowager's Hump, or a "Baker's Hump", as it is sometimes known in the culinary industry. Standing all day in a slouched posture can wreak havoc on your spine.
A lot of recent news articles discuss the dangers of sitting at a desk all day and how detrimental it can be to one's health. But, standing on your feet all day in a slouched posture, can be just as harmful, causing a myriad of acute and chronic symptoms. I've also noticed similar conditions in tattoo artists. While, one's job may require you to be in such a poor posture for long hours day in and day out, the long-term effects can be extremely frustrating. Read through the tips below and schedule an evaluation with a chiropractor today!
What Can You Do?
- sit to chop/prepare foods if possible
- raise/lower table heights so you don't have to bend or reach up; elbows relaxed at your sides is an ideal height to chop at
- take regular stretching micro breaks before, during and after work
- set a timer to take breaks if standing/sitting too long, every 10, 20 or 30 minutes
- add a rubber floor mat to your work station; prolonged standing on hard/concrete surfaces can aggravate your symptoms and increase pain
- wear supportive/comfortable shoes
- stay hydrated; dehydrated muscles cause more pain and are more prone to injury
- use a foot stool to alternate bending one leg as needed
- make sure you square up your hips/shoulders when lifting heavy items; half kneel instead of squatting if necessary (the half kneeling position can also be helpful when plating items, etc.)
- Get adjusted by a chiropractor as needed!
- Strengthen back and gluteal muscles on a regular basis to help to counteract constant flexed/hunched posture
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