Going to work when you suffer from chronic back pain can be daunting, but the longer you stay off the greater risk you could be creating for developing long term pain. Our team of Fareham chiropractors understand that back pain may be limiting at first, but it is still usually possible to conduct most duties without putting too much pressure on your back.
Focusing your attention at work will help to distract your mind from the pain. Remember work is good for physical and mental health as it provides purpose and satisfaction. Also, the more movement you do, the stronger and more flexible your back muscles become.
Of course, repetitive movements, heavy lifting and sitting at a desk all day can take a toll on your back, so it is important that you take precautions to look protect your spine health at work. Here are top tips from our trusted Fareham chiropractor to do just that:
1: Speak to Your Employer
Your employer has to protect your health and safety at work by law, so make sure you keep them fully up to date about your back condition. Don’t be afraid to be honest – the better informed your employer is, the more they will be able to help.
There may be an alternative way of working that enables you to perform your duties in an improved way or you may benefit from occupational health support or by adjustments in the workplace.
If you are returning to work after a period of sickness absence, your employer has to make sure that your work does not risk worsening your condition and put appropriate measures in place to lessen that risk.
2: Modify Repetitive Movements
Consider the repetitive tasks within your job role and work with your employer to reduce these. Usually there is a simple alternative such as using lifting devices when lifting heavy loads or using a headset instead of a phone. It’s also a good idea to alternate physical tasks with less physically demanding ones and to always avoid any unnecessary twisting, bending and reaching.
3: Watch Your Posture
Posture isn’t just something that happens when you sit; it’s involved in every position you make. If your job requires a lot of standing, then keep your weight balanced across your two feet and avoid slouching. When sitting, make sure your chair allows you to rest both of your feet flat on the floor with your knees at hip level.
Poor posture exaggerates the natural curves of the spine which can go on to cause muscle fatigue and injury. Maintaining a good posture is one of the easiest and effective ways to reduce the risk of developing/ worsening back problems.
The important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t feel defined by your back pain at work.
Our team of experienced Chiropractors are here to help you
At Homewood, our team of highly experienced Chiropractors help patients every day who are suffering back pain. For friendly advice or to book an appointment, contact us today on 01329 280 283 or email email@example.com