Did you know that 90% of all back problems are a result of poor posture?
Many of us have jobs that require us to be lifting, twisting and sitting for long periods of time. All these factors can influence posture. Sitting for long periods of time can result in tight hamstrings and posterior tilt of the pelvis, causing low back pain. Repetitive movements with poor technique during manual handling tasks can also weaken muscles and cause muscle fatigue and pain, increasing the risk of injury.
Muscle tightness can lead to fatigue as the body needs to realign itself; however when this happens, the muscles need to work harder to ensure correct posture. This results in an increased energy use and increased risk of injury. This can negatively impact work performance!
Here are some tips that will help with improving low back pain and flexibility:
Get up and move: Sitting Disease is becoming a prominent issue and research is indicating that sitting is just as bad as being sedentary. Unfortunately, many of us are required to sit at a desk for long periods of time. Getting up and going for a short walk every 30 minutes can be beneficial; this could be walking to grab a drink of water or a toilet break.
Stretching: tight hamstrings and glute muscles can lead to a chain of biomechanical problems. Stretching key muscle groups such as the hamstrings, glutes and quadriceps can improve range of motion, energy expenditure, flexibility and can reduce pain. Stretching every day or every second day is important for muscles in terms of maintaining flexibility and range of motion. This is important in terms of reducing injury and relieving some of the pressure on those muscles when we are sitting all day!
If your organisation has a NSW presence, you may be eligible for free health checks with Health by Design’s Get Healthy at Work program. To find out more, contact us today.