August was Tradies National Health Month, helping to raise awareness for Australian tradesman and their families. Workplaces are becoming much safer and regulated, however, there still needs to be a shift towards longevity and behaviour around those doing full-time physical labour.
Repetitive stresses can add up and lead to injury, therefore it is important to be consciously aware of how you position your body performing certain tasks, such as lifting, performing overhead work, and holding static postures for a prolonged period of time.
Things to consider when lifting:
- avoid twisting or turning during the lift
- keep the object close to your body
- bend at the knees and drive up at the heels
- maintain the natural curves throughout the back
- If the object is heavy, you want to brace your lower back, through increasing pressure in your abdominals.
- Having uneven loads on the work belt overtime can lead to compensatory loading patterns on the spine.
Chiropractors relieve pain and nerve irritation by using specific manipulation to free restricted joints. Work advice and customised exercises enable you to move more efficiently.
So, if the pain affects the way you work, or have experienced a work-place injury, especially with a physical job, chiropractic care can help reduce pain and get you back to work faster.