Sort by:

NZ Chiropractors Seeing Increased Issues due to Covid-Related Stress

There is a marked increase in health problems triggered by rising stress levels and people working from home under unhealthy and poor ergonomic conditions in response to the Covid-19 crisis, according to the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA).

NZCA member Dr Roz Griffiths, chiropractor explains: ‘We are seeing an upsurge in demand for care across a wide range of health concerns, including spinal complaints, posture, certain neurological issues and chronic pain. But particularly with the heightened levels of mental health concerns being seen since lockdown, chiropractors are taking care of more people with anxiety, sleeping difficulties and stress related disorders through their ability to assist the nervous system[1].’

A small Facebook survey of NZCA members found them reporting an increase in stress related disorders, as well as symptoms linked to poor posture caused by working from home and sitting at desks, or even the dining table, with poor ergonomics and less than ideal conditions.

This mirrors overseas research. Health insurer Bupa found that nearly two-thirds (63%) of UK workers experience musculoskeletal problems, including back pain, neck pain, and knee injuries, as a result of working from home[2].

And according to a Facebook survey from the American Chiropractic Association, more than 92 percent of chiropractors said that patients report more neck pain, back pain, and musculoskeletal injuries since they began working from home[3].

0000000000000000000000000000000

US Chiropractors reported that more than half of their patients (57%) were suffering from musculoskeletal conditions because of lack of movement during the pandemic, followed by psychological stress (20%) and poor posture (12%).

Dr Griffiths adds: ‘The pandemic has upended life, changing how we live and how we work, indefinitely. We have developed hybrid work patterns with some employees working exclusively from home and others mixing remote work with on-site shifts. We might win with a reduction in the stress of commuting and more time spent with family, but these do not come without a cost to other aspects of our mental health and physical wellbeing.’

Dr Matt Clark, chiropractor, who is practicing at Chiropractic Balance in Mana an Wellington says: `There are so many people with symptoms related to the stress of Covid-19 and from working from home. In a way it’s been a great time to set up as a chiropractor as there is such a need for our services. At a time when people are dealing with significant stress and different health concerns, now more than ever we need to ensure the public has access to all health care services when they need it.’

Chiropractors are regulated primary health care professionals registered under the HPCA Act with close to 700 annual practicing certificate holders working in solo, group, and multidisciplinary clinics around New Zealand. New Zealand chiropractors have significant training (a minimum 5-year tertiary degree) and a broad yet highly skilled ​scope of practice and clinical expertise.

New Zealand’s chiropractors are taking the lead to inform and inspire people to improve their health and prevent pain and disability by educating the public to have a greater understanding of the relationship between their spine and nervous system and how this affects their function and overall wellbeing.

References:
[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7293486/
[2] https://www.bupa.com/newsroom/news/hurting-from-home
[3] https://www.acatoday.org/News-Publications/Publications/ACA-Blogs/ArtMID/6925/ArticleID/1595/Trending-in-the-Media-and-at-Home-Musculoskeletal-Pain

 

Holistic Approach

We want to get you feeling better and keep you that way. Our winning formula involves looking at Chiropractic care, posture, exercise, nutrition and well-being.

Check out our resources for patients to help you get the best results.

PATIENT ZONE

Our Philosophy

At Chiropractic Balance we understand that the cause of your problem is usually more than one thing. That’s why we want to address all four corners to give you the best results.

Learn more about the way we work, and how we work hollistically to find effective solutions for you

READ MORE

Chiro & You

We work with a range of ages and stages,
and with the belief that all people are designed to be extraordinary

Working Posture

Pregnancy

Children & Babies

Athletic Performance

Maintenance & Prevention

Stress Management

Make a Booking

Save time, and book online today to see one of our Chiropractors

CONTINUE

Welcome to Chiropractic Balance

To get started, either book an appointment through our online system, or send us a message and we’ll contact you

Welcome back to Chiropractic Balance

Thanks for coming back! Since we’ve got a record of your details, it’s even easier for you to make your next booking

Please note that you cannot change existing bookings online. To cancel or change an existing booking, give us a call

Send us a Message

Fill in your details and we’ll get right back to you