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How to Prevent Back Pain in the Workplace

Office jobs certainly include some of the most hazard-free professions around, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways you can injure yourself at work.

Back pain is an extremely common ailment affecting workers. In 2016, musculoskeletal pain – including back and neck pain – accounted for 22pc of the 137m sick days taken in the UK.

Nilofer Merchant famously proclaimed in a 2013 TED talk that sitting is the new smoking and, since then, more research has been released indicating that sitting can have a deleterious effect on your health in general.

Sitting puts more pressure on your spine than standing. While sitting, your lower back is tasked with holding up all the weight from the top half of your body. This being said, sitting in front of a computer for extended periods is a necessary part of a lot of people’s working day. So, how can you minimise the risk?

Take regular breaks to stretch and walk around

Try to walk around for between three and five minutes every half hour.

You could even try doing some stretches – simple ones, like toe touches or just even stretching your arms out – to compound the effects. If you’re already suffering from lower back pain, these specific stretches to combat it could be worth looking into.

If you have to take a phone call, try doing so while pacing. Or, as Merchant advises, have a walking meeting.

Make sure not to hunch over while working

I think everyone intuitively understands that hunching over the computer is bad for them, but it’s easy to fall into the most natural and comfortable – albeit unhealthy – sitting position while you’re in the flow of things.

Ask your office manager about getting a lumbar support for your office chair. Also, try leaning back while you work as opposed to leaning forward, as this will allow the chair to bear the brunt of your weight as opposed to your lower back.

If you find that hunching is an enduring bad habit, try setting an alarm for every 20 minutes, reminding you to fix your posture. If you do it enough times, you will eventually eradicate the habit.

Consider a standing desk

A standing desk offers you the opportunity to alternate your position throughout the day.

While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend switching to standing entirely – the purported miraculous benefits of the standing desk are still being investigated, and there can be some health drawbacks to that, too – changing your body position is a good way to temporarily shift the weight elsewhere.

SOURCE: https://www.siliconrepublic.com/advice/avoid-back-pain-at-work


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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