IN THE WORK PLACE

It is estimated that 12.3 million working days are lost each year to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) the most common being back pain and repetitive strain injury

Mix your tasks so you're not making the same movements for hours. This is especially important if your job involves repetitive movements.

Learning and following the correct method for lifting and handling objects, can help prevent back pain:

Distribute your shopping evenly between both hands or hold the bag in front of you.

Lift close to your body and make sure you have a firm hold on the object you are lifting, and keep it balanced close to your body

Keep your feet shoulder width apart

Bend your knees and keep your back straight

Tighten your stomach muscles to prevent excessive force on the spine

Lift with your legs as they are stronger than your back muscles so let your strength work in your favour. Lower to the ground by bending your knees, not your back. Keeping your eyes focused upwards helps to keep your back straight

If your job regularly requires lifting heavy objects ask your employer for training

Make sure you have a risk assessment on your work station. This is something that you are legally entitled to from your employer. Everyone needs their chairs and computers set to heights according to their individual needs. Sitting in positions that put strain on your muscles can result in long term pain

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