Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Healthy Work Habits Reduce Back Pain

Amid speculations that these are “part of daily life”, so many simple yet effective ways have been tried and tested to prevent the pain. Health experts advise, “understand what causes them and focus on prevention”.

Basically, researchers have established four work-related factors associated with increased risk of back pain and injury: force, repetition, posture and stress.

Exerting too much force on your back like frequently lifting or moving heavy objects may cause injury.

Repetitious tasks can lead to muscle fatigue and injury especially if they involve stretching to the end of your range of motion or awkward body positioning.

Position while sitting, standing or performing a task is important. Try to avoid one position for a long period of time. On average, your body can tolerate being in one position for about 20 minutes before you feel the need to adjust.

Pressures at work or at home can increase stress level and lead to muscle tension and tightness, which may in turn lead to back pain.

Prevention tips

“An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” holds true in almost all medical conditions, doctors advise. Preventing back pain only requires a few “not-so-dramatic” changes and with regular practice, it will form part of your way of life.

If back pain continue to pester you, taking a muscle relaxant like Soma will be of great help. Soma, sold online through drug store, can be helpful when severe muscle spasms follow the start of low back pain.

On top of the list of prevention is being fit. A regular exercise maintains a healthy and sturdy back. Pay attention to posture, avoid slouching or standing with a swayback. A good posture relaxes the muscles and requires minimal effort to balance the body.

In lifting objects, keep the object close to the body and get some help if load is too heavy. Adjust your work space and adopt healthy working habits. Eliminate high-risk and repetitive movements. Change sitting or standing position every so often.

For women, try as much as possible to avoid using high-heeled shoes, these strains the lower back. And lastly, learn to manage stress. Stress has been a known culprit for a number of diseases including back pain. Relax and live a healthy life.