What is Corporate America Office Syndrome (C.A.O.S.)®?

C.A.O.S.® is a repetitive stress injury that overloads the upper body from continual movements or long periods of inactivity due to work and/or home responsibilities.

C.A.O.S.® is a syndrome that has very specific and uniform signs and symptoms. It is very unique to Corporate America however, certainly not limited to the corporate setting. What ties this unique syndrome to the corporate world is the direct association with improper office ergonomics or the incorrect position(s) of the workplace setting.

Common Signs

  • Pain between the shoulder blades.
  • Sensation of pain directly beneath the shoulder blade(s).
  • Neck pain in the mid-neck.
  • Pain in the base of the neck with associated headaches.
  • The top of their shoulders are tight, painful or sore.
  • Carpel Tunnel/Numbness/Tingling.

Other people affected by C.A.O.S.

You don’t have to work in an office setting to experience the C.A.O.S.® New parents, carpenters, electricians, nurses, police officers, teachers and postal workers can also be susceptible to C.A.O.S.®

How can I get RELIEF?

Start by having ergonomic friendly furniture. Ergonomic furniture is designed to support the natural posture and movements of the body. It is specifically designed to enhance user comfort. For example, a good desk chair with adjustable height, lumbar support, and padded armrests, helps to reduce discomfort you may experience after spending hours at a desk and promote better sitting posture.

Make sure your computer and accessories are positioned for comfort and ease of use. Your monitor should be at your eye level and about an arm's length away from your face. The top of the screen should be at or just below eye level, so you don't strain your neck looking up or down.

Keep your keyboard and mouse on the same level and close to the edge of your desk. Pay attention to your wrists while typing. You want to keep them as straight as you can and use a mouse pad with a wrist rest for additional support.

Be aware of your posture while typing and doing other duties. Proper posture helps maintain the natural curvature of your spine. When you sit or stand with good posture, your spine is aligned correctly, reducing the risk of misalignments and excessive pressure on certain spinal discs or nerves. Good posture distributes your weight more evenly across your muscles and joints. Slouching, or poor posture, puts pressure on certain muscles to bear the brunt of the load. This leads to fatigue, tension, and potential muscle imbalances. 

Seek consistent Chiropractic Care and following the recommendations by the Doctor. We are one of the few Chiropractors in Duluth that are open on weekends. Come on in to see us to get some relief and prepare for the week to come!
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