The Spinal Effects of working from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

I wanted to take the time with this blog to talk about the changes I have been seeing at our downtown Toronto Chiropractic clinic in people’s spines after 6 months of working from home.

For me, I have had the opportunity to assess both existing and new patients and compare them to what I was seeing before the COVID-19 pandemic began and people began working from home.

When we initially reopened our chiropractic and massage clinic on June 1st, the immediate thing we noticed in our existing patients was that their spines had become much more stiff, the had lost flexibility and their posture had gotten worse after 3 months of working from home. Patients were commenting that they had increased low back pain and neck pain and that they felt that their mid back had become very very tight. All of our chiropractic patients had stretches and exercises that they were able to do from home while we were closed, so it shows how much working from home has impacted their spine and their body.

With poorer ergonomic setups at home and decreased movement throughout the day, the daily damage started to accumulate in their spine and their body. For all of our existing patients, they have thankfully returned to their pre-covid spine through regular chiropractic adjustments.

In new chiropractic patients, we have found that compared to new patients from before the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have found similar comparisons. Chiropractic patients are stiffer, tighter, have more spinal misalignments, and generally seem to be experiencing higher levels of pain and discomfort than patients we have been seeing before the pandemic began.

This concerns me as a chiropractor as the longer people leave problems building and developing, the harder and more costly it becomes to correct the problem. If you have been experiencing any tightness or pain and discomfort in your spine I urge you to seek out a chiropractor to have a proper chiropractic assessment and some spinal x-rays to examine your spine. If you live or work in downtown Toronto and are looking for a chiropractor, please feel free to give us a call at 416-504-8880 or you can email me with any questions at hannikainenchiropractic@gmail.com.

If you do not live or work in downtown Toronto, feel free to contact me as well and I can refer you to an amazing chiropractor close to you.

Stay strong, stay safe and take care of yourself!

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