Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Back Pain In The Workplace

The cause of back pain in the workplace is frequently mis-diagnosed. The incident gets the blame and the underlying cause of the problem fails to be address. Without a regular and systematic strength and flexibility training program you’re just waiting for an incident to happen.

Having worked with groups and individuals over a number of years, I'd discovered that a majority of back (and other musculo-skeletal) pain is personally generated, which suggests that if you want back pain relief, start doing the things that will stop it from happening in the first place.

People without a strength and flexibility training program, who are 20Kg or more over weight, who can't touch their toes or do a fair swag of press-ups and sit-ups; who can't sit up straight with their legs crossed, or sit in close to a wall with their legs outstretched - are setting themselves up for some sort of musculo-skeletal dysfunction.

An incident of some kind will get the blame - without the underlying dysfunction ever being identified or addressed.

They (or their employer) will spend a fortune on doctors, radiologists, surgeons, chemists, physios and chiros, but if the weak and tight muscles that are the underlying cause of the problem aren't strengthened and loosened then the rehab process will become a long and drawn out affair - and often an unsuccessful one. Poor function won't be restored to good.

It's a bit like buying a new tyre because one side is worn more than the other, when what is needed is a wheel alignment!
If you click on this link

and scroll down to the musculo-skeletal risk results you'll get an impression of the risk your organisation is running of musculo-skeletal dysfunction.

If you’re a manager and your staff don’t have a regular strength and flexibility training program, it’s almost inevitable they’ll come down with lower back and other musculo-skeletal pain.

In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned, and don’t be too quick to blame the incident, it could be yourself who’s fallen down on the job.

John Miller

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