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What is back pain?Back pain is a debilitating occurrence of pain in the lower or upperback and can originate from the muscles, nerves or bones of theback and surrounding regions.Back pain can take on various formsincluding dull and achy or sharp andshooting but both result in extremediscomfort and the inability to focuson the job at hand.Individuals in certain careers areespecially vulnerable to significantstrain on the back but almost all jobscan create back pain if you areinattentive to surroundings andsignals from your body. Certainactions can generate new back painor worsen old pain.
Causes of Back Pain at Work1) Force – lifting and moving heavy objects without usingproper techniques can strain your back.2) Repetitive work – especially if it is within a limited rangeor if in an awkward position may result in musclefatigue and injury.
Causes of Back Pain at Work3) Poor posture – at yourcomputer or desk can leadto muscle fatigue andinjury.4) Stress – from work orother factors may result intense and tight backmuscles and subsequentlyback pain.
Prevention TipsThere are certain preventative measuresyou can take to avert back pain at work.Sitting at your desk or in front of acomputer all day or conducting repetitivework can take a toll on your physical andmental health. A possible solution is toincorporate an exercise regimen in yourdaily schedule.You can do exercise outside of work butyou should also make sure to take breaksand do some physical activity (ex: take awalk, stretching) while at work.
Prevention TipsMonitoring your posture is also crucial in taking care of yourback. Most jobs require sitting at a desk for the duration of theday and it is necessary to make appropriate adjustments tosupport your posture.If you are sitting, choose a chair that supports your back’slower curve and allows you to place both feet firmly on theground while keeping your knees in line with your hips.Positioning your computer monitor at eye level will also enforceproper posture.Adjustments must also be made if you are standing at your joball day. Holding reading material at eye level will improveposture and resting your feet in between will also be beneficial.
Prevention TipsProper lifting techniques are essentialfor minimizing injury and preventingback pain. When picking up andcarrying a heavy object, ensure to liftwith your knees while tightening yourcore. Maintain a straight back andevenly distribute the weight.If you feel that the object is too heavy,find someone to help you or use amachine to lift and carry the object tothe appropriate location.
Prevention TipsEnsure that you take adequate and appropriate breaks atwork. This will allow you to be a more efficient worker whilemaintaining your physical and mental health.If you are not able to take a break at a certain time, tryshifting your position or altering your repetitive task so thatyou minimize the physical strain exerted on your body.
Prevention TipsVarious factors can cause stress andit is important to acknowledge thisstress and the root of it. Once yourecognize the stress, you can takeappropriate action before it builds upand leads to physical pain or injury.Doing deep-breathing exercises,some form of physical activity orspeaking with a friend are some ofthe ways that you can relieve stress.
Back pain can take away from living your life to the fullest.You are especially susceptible to back pain at work, whereyou spend most of your waking hours. Nevertheless, thereare certain steps you can take to prevent and minimize injuryand back pain. Your chiropractor can also help with findingthe right strategies for you.
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