Posts Tagged ‘back pain’
Discomfort while driving, trouble sleeping and pain when lifting: back pain can cause everyday activities to become quite a chore. Unfortunately, the majority of people will experience some type of back pain during their lifetime. Often we do not realize we are straining ourselves until it is too late. Even more often, we try to ignore the pain or deal with the symptoms rather than the core problem.
The causes vary widely from case to case. Lower back pain can be caused by strain and overexertion or by herniated or bulging discs. Similar things can cause upper back pain and middle back pain but it is more often times caused by overuse and poor posture. Many try to find back pain relief through exercise and medication, although it is often times not enough. Having a good mattresses and taking time to rest helps most mild cases. However, staying in bed too long can end up making matters worse. When pain persists for long spans of time, many choose to seek medical attention.
Sometimes searching for relief seems hopeless; the following is a compilation of basic information you may find helpful if you suffer from back pain. We have also included information on some of the most popular and best ways to treat your pain.
We were recently forwaded an article that addresses many of the issues we are frequently asked about; what should I look when buying an office chair?
If you are like me who spends a major part of life working on desk, then I suggest doing a little shopping for an ergonomic desk chair. You might argue that you already have a desk chair, so what’s all this “ergonomics”?
Think about your poor back and neck. When you sit for hours together on our desk chair, you give a tough time to your back. This results in backaches and stiff back.
Ergonomic furniture in general and ergonomic desk chair in particular is tailor-made for comfort and ease. You will forget what pain is, once you start using ergonomic desk chairs. Ergonomic products are the best friends for your back and neck because they are designed keeping in mind your body and its contours. Ergonomic chairs keep your spinal chord straight and reduce your fatigue drastically. This, ultimately, enhances your productivity.
Desk-based, computer-oriented jobs frequently lead to problems such as repetitive strain injury, back pain, and musculoskeletal disorders. Stephanie Loleit from CareerBuilder picks out 10 healthy alternative careers.
Does this sound familiar?
You start work in the morning by sitting down in your cubicle; the day is hard and stressful; you have a quick lunch at your desk; the next time you get up is when you go home at night.
If you spend this much time day by day at your little office cubicle, risks are high that you might also suffer from one or the other office-related illness.
This video provides tips on safe sitting position for car drivers, explaining how to prevent back pain and other posture problems.
Sitting position in cars and other vehicles is an important, though often forgotten, area of workplace health and safety.
The video is provided by US posture and back pain consultant Lisa Ann McCall.
An ergonomic study by a design expert could bring an end to back pain and repetitive strain injury suffered by musicians using heavy instruments.
The work by Judith Hills at the University of Glamorgan has helped ease the back pain suffered by one bass saxophone player, reports BBC Wales.
Jim Barrett says a prototype harness developed during the ergonomic study spreads the weight of the instrument more evenly around his body, easing stress on neck and back.
This video provides an effective demonstration of safe lifting and manual handling in a construction environment – though it will be of use to anyone who regularly carries out manual handling, particularly back pain sufferers.
The video, provided by health and safety video producer Dillon Productions, focuses on: assessing the risk, getting a stable base for the feet, bending the knees, keeping the back straight, a firm grip, and keeping the weight close to the body’s centre of gravity.
An excellent video on safe manual handling, focusing on safe lifting to avoid back pain, from Star Leasing, a US industrial equipment hire company.
The video provides a guide to the maximum weight that can be lifted by one person, an overview of ergonomic workplace tools that save manual handling, plus a series of steps to follow before lifting any heavy objects: size up the load; test the load; and finally the lift.
Employers should do more to help workers suffering from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) stay in work, a charity alliance has said, backed by shadow health minister Anne Milton MP.
MSDs are the second biggest cause of work-limiting health problems and sickness absence in the UK, responsible for up to 10.8 million lost working days in 2008/09.
Bad back sufferers would be able to return to work three months earlier than normal – if they were able to make changes in their workplace and be more active, according to research reported in The Guardian.
Between 10% and 25% of people will suffer from low back pain for long periods and be unable to work as a result.
A new study has examined cases of people whose workplaces have been modified to accommodate their bad backs, in conjunction with an increase in their activity levels increased.