Everyone’s at risk. Thanks to a complex network of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles in your lower back, it doe
sn’t take lifting a 40-pound bag of concrete to experience work-related low back pain. Even something as simple as reaching for a dropped pen during a meeting can cause painful results.
Americans are estimated to spend at least $85 billion each year on back pain.
Source: Mercer Health and Benefits, 2009
Chiropractic care has a long and consistent history of helping people suffering from work-related low back pain. Using meth
ods like spinal adjusting – a hands-on approach used to adjust spinal structures and restore mobility – chiropractic care has been shown to get individuals back to work faster than other treatments, like medical care or physical therapy
Compared with physicians and physical therapists, chiropractic care for work-related low back pain results in:
• Consistently better outcomes
• Lower recurrence of pain
• Fewer surgeries
• Less painkiller usage
• Lower medical costs
Source: American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, April 2011
Common Causes of Work-related Low Back Pain
Lifting or moving heavy objects can overexert or strain the back muscles, especially when done repeatedly or with poor form. Instead, lift wi
th your knees, contract your abdominal muscles, keep your head down and in-line with your back and avoid any twisting motions. And if it’s too heavy, find a helper.
Repeating certain movements puts an uneven load on your skeleton and muscles, especially from awkward or overstretched positions. Seek out ways to modify repetitive activities such as taking appropriate breaks between times of lifting or bending. This will allow your muscles to recover strength.
Slouching places undue stress on the back’s natural curvature. When standing, keep your weight balanced on both feet. If you sit for long periods of time, switch positions and take short walk breaks around the office or stretch your muscles to relieve tension. One should consider the use of ergonomically designed standing work stations to provide opportunity to change static posture throughout the work day.
Psychological and emotional stress at work can cause a distinct physical reaction – muscles that are tight, tense and prone to injury. When stress hits, use positive coping techniques to reduce tension such as a quick walk outside or a coffee break with a colleague.