After the holidays, we feel renewed and refreshed, ready to take on the New Year. That’s a great way to start, but we can’t forget the basics of back care.
If your job requires lifting objects from the floor, you might be tempted to take the quick and easy approach and bend your back to lift something, especially if it’s not too heavy. It doesn’t take a heavy load to injure your back if you use your back muscles instead of your legs to help you with the lifting. Make lifting properly a habit and you won’t be one of the thousands of Australians who suffer from lifting-related back injuries every year:
- Stand close to the load with your feet shoulder width apart.
- Bend at the knees while looking straight ahead. Try to bend without making your knees go in front of your toes.
- Get a good grip on the object you are lifting.
- Make sure your back retains its natural curve.
- Lift with your leg muscles, not your back muscles.
If your job is more sedentary, your back is still in danger. Slumping in your chair is unnatural and can lead to back problems. Keep your posture erect. For more tips on retaining good posture in the workplace, read Why Good Posture is Important.
Today, we’re always online. Even when we’re not at work, we’re using our smartphones. While technology can be great, it can also literally be a pain in the neck. In fact, minor neck pain is normal for many people who bend their heads down to look at their smartphones – often for hours at a time. Are New Technologies a Pain in the Neck ? goes into more detail about this increasing problem.
Chiropractor John Petrozzi at PWC in the inner west of Sydney sees clients every day who are suffering from preventable back and neck pain. Part of his job is educating his clients so that they don’t repeat the same mistakes and require further treatment. Learn correct posture and your 2017 will be a happy and healthy year. Call 9518 0096 and book an appointment to see our friendly chiro for an initial consultation! We look forward to seeing you in our Leichhardt practice soon.