It’s no surprise that low back pain is considered the most common cause of job-related disability and frequently the reason for job absenteeism. Studies show about 80 percent of us will experience low back pain at some point in our lives.
And while chiropractic care does relieve the pain for the majority of us (along with neck pain, back pain is what draws most people to a doctor of chiropractic in the first place) preventative measures can help you avoid back pain in the first place.
Putting your body into alignment is one way of avoiding injury; look at the number of professional sports organizations that make chiropractic care an integral part of their game plan. Corporations with on-site wellness clinics that include chiropractic care have also shown the importance of seeing a doctor of chiropractic at the first sign of trouble in lowering absenteeism and presenteeism.
Another, way to avoid injury especially if you’re in one of the occupations earmarked as stressing the neuro-musculoskeletal system, is to take precautions in the workplace. While lists vary in what jobs are considered the most likely to trigger low back pain, there are common threads that run through most: heavy lifting, repetitive action, and too much standing and sitting in one place.
Every profession will benefit from ergonomically correct equipment, regular breaks, and bursts of physical activity. Here are three that demand a little more:
Construction workers, by the nature of their job, do a lot of heavy lifting and repetitive movements. Just as it’s important to wear a hard hat on the worksite, they need the protective harnesses that keep their back in check. It’s also important to schedule regular work breaks, where they can ease the pressure on their backs.
Police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical teams face a double-whammy. Between bursts of back-breaking activity, they spend time sitting and standing, waiting for a call. Strengthening their core muscles is a good start to well-being, along with walking. Training in how to properly lift is also a must, again with the help of appropriate equipment.
Doctors and Nurses
First of all, they’re always on their feet. When they are standing still, they’re often twisting into awkward positions while turning and lifting patients. Keeping a good posture is especially important – Chin Up, Elbows In, Shoulders Back and Down. So is knowing how to properly lift and to take breaks, where they can sit down and relax.