Do You Have “Self-Isolation Pain Syndrome”?

April 30, 2020

It isn’t exactly an official diagnosis (okay, we made it up). But that doesn’t make it any less annoying.

Here are some of the issues you may experience during quarantine, plus how to get rid of the pain.   If you’re anything like the rest of the world, your daily routine probably looks nothing like it did in January. Instead of going into the office, you’re working from the couch, catching up on your “honey do” list, homeschooling your kids, or simply watching Netflix. And if you’ve noticed a lot more soreness and pain over the last few weeks, you’re not alone. Staying home might lessen the spread of the coronavirus, but it can also be a (literal) pain. Those makeshift work spaces, home projects, and good old-fashioned anxiety can cause a number of painful conditions, from achy backs to muscle sprains. Sound familiar? You might have Self-Isolation Pain Syndrome. Self-Isolation Pain Syndrome isn’t a real diagnosis. But that doesn’t make it imaginary. Those tweaks, twinges, and tight muscles affect your life in a very real way. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the more common causes of pain during quarantine, as well as how to prevent and treat it.  

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Poor Posture

One of the more common causes of back pain is one you probably don’t consider: poor posture! This is a widespread problem, but self-isolation only makes it worse. After all, when you’re working from your couch or bed, you tend to slouch a lot more than when you’re sitting at a desk. And bad posture isn’t just a matter of looking more confident, it drastically effects your health. By hunching over a keyboard, you put strain on your vertebrae, back muscles, and core. Lying on your belly to watch TV or read a book forces your neck into an unnatural position. Over time, you may even experience weakened muscles or restricted blood flow. Working from home? Poor posture sets you up for a lot of pain. See a chiropractor today so you can get more done. If you can, set up an ergonomic workspace to use during quarantine. The best position is to sit upright with your feet on the floor and your thighs parallel to the floor (you can use a foot rest if necessary). Your monitor should be at eye-level and your elbows at a 90° angle. Every so often, take a break and stretch to keep your body loose and limber.  

Home Projects

When happens when you cross spring with a stay-at-home order? Lots of housework! It’s nice to finally have some extra time to devote to garden projects, home repairs, organizing, and redecorating, but you could also be putting yourself at risk of injury. After all, these are all activities that your body isn’t used to doing on a regular basis. First, exercise plenty of caution when approaching a new home project. Many of these types of activities involve power tools, ladders, chemicals, and other hazardous materials. Second, give your body a chance to warm up. Start off with some stretches and light movement to prevent you from pulling a muscle. Last, recruit help if you need it. Hospitals are overcrowded as it is; you wouldn’t want to add to their burden by coming in with a broken limb!  


When under large amounts of stress, your body interprets this as “we’re under attack!” It reacts by tensing up your muscles so that you’re ready to fight or escape. When the stressor (the thing causing the stress) goes away, your body can relax. But with chronic stress (such as a global pandemic), that stressor doesn’t go anywhere. Your body feels that stress and muscle tension day after (very long) day. Stress and anxiety aren't just "in your head," they manifest in physical ways too. Over time, this tension can transform into a physical condition, such as: As you might expect, the best form of prevention is an activity that promotes relaxation, such as meditation, exercise, or even prayer.  


Sometimes, prevention can only go so far. For others, it may simply be an issue of “too little, too late.” You’re already hurt. But what can you do? A global pandemic is certainly no time to visit the hospital or urgent care center if you don’t have to. So how can you treat your self-isolation injuries and get back to your (new) normal? Drugs and steroid shots might work for a while, but they don’t address pain at its source. For issues like these, a chiropractor is your best bet. Chiropractors can use a variety of techniques—such as spinal adjustment, flexion distraction, and medical massage—to alleviate pain and heal the underlying condition. Visiting a chiropractor also keeps you away from overwhelmed hospitals and medical centers, so you can receive excellent healthcare without increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.  

Is Self-Isolation a Real Pain In the Neck? We Can Help!

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, but there’s one thing you can count on: Oviedo Chiropractic. Chiropractors have been deemed an essential service by the Department of Homeland Security, so we are able to remain operational during our regular business hours so you can receive the care you need. If you have been suffering from the uncomfortable effects of bad posture, housework, or anxiety while in self-isolation, we can help! We are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our staff and patients safe and healthy. Don’t wait for your pain to go away on its own. Contact us today for an evaluation so we can start your customized treatment plan.
Justin Cough

Dr. Justin Cough, D.C.

Dr. Cough graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, FL after receiving his BS in Education from SUNY Oswego. Before becoming a chiropractor, he coached many middle and high school sports teams including football, lacrosse, basketball, and soccer. He is passionate about focusing on our bodies' natural healing mechanisms and helping his patients enjoy the utmost sustainability in their lives.

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