What employees can do to reduce the risk of developing back pain
Workers can do a lot to help reduce the risks of suffering a recurring back problem:
Keeping fit by exercising regularly. Walking, swimming and cycling (even in a gym) are all good for building muscle strength around the back. Pilates and yoga are gentle ways to build up core strength that will help prevent back problems.
Losing excess weight – being overweight puts greater pressure on the back.
Stopping smoking – doctors believe that smoking reduces the flow of oxygen to the spine and can lead to the degeneration of the discs in the back.
Improving posture. Being conscious of posture when sitting or walking can help protect the back by sitting up or walking tall rather than slouching. It’s advisable to take a short break from sitting every 30 minutes or so.
Taking care when lifting. Employees should take advice on how to develop a good lifting technique, particularly if their job involves a lot of lifting. When lifting, the knees and hips should be bent, not the back.
Managing stress – stress can worsen the experience of back pain but relaxation techniques can help.
Taking regular breaks.
Intervening with Physical Therapy and the renowned McKenzie Method can help individuals get better and stay better! Click on the above links to find out about each option.
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