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7 Ways to Prevent and Treat Work-Related Pain

Today, it’s all about folks with active, physical jobs! Our plumbers and electricians, HVAC and construction workers, machinists, welders, custodians and even stylists—and thousands more VIPs we haven’t listed. While providing us important services (and even products!), these folks sometimes risk their health and well-being to make our lives better—but this all comes with a hefty price.

The Risks of Physical Labor

In 2015, out of all injuries in the workforce, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) like sprains, strains and tears from overexertion or lifting, accounted for nearly 31 percent of all injured workers. In second place were falls, slips and trips at about 27 percent. Folks in labor-intensive, physical jobs are more likely to experience these incidents due to these common factors:

  • Repetitive motion: Doing the same motions over and over

  • Awkward positions: Unnatural positions held for longer periods of time

  • Forceful exertions: Physical effort required to perform a task or maintain control of equipment or tools

  • Contact stress: Pressing the body against a hard or sharp edge, resulting in pressure on nerves, tendons and blood vessels

  • Vibration: Operating vibrating tools at work, such as vacuums, lawn mowers, saws and large machinery that leads to nerve damage

Preventing Injuries in the Workplace

To avoid putting yourself at risk for MSDs, here are some tips for moving around the workplace:

  1. During repetitive motions, keep the body in a mechanically ideal position

  2. When lifting heavy objects, bend at the knees and keep the back straight, lifting with your legs and holding the object close to your body

  3. When lifting or moving materials, always avoid twisting the body

  4. Take breaks throughout the day—especially for careers with frequent repetitive movement

  5. Stretch frequently to loosen ligaments and muscles and prevent wear and tear

  6. Pay attention to your posture—avoid keeping the head too far forward or hunching the shoulders or back

Chiropractic Care: A Long-Term Solution

While trying to prevent wear and tear on your musculoskeletal system is a good first step toward maintaining health, it’s likely not enough. For those at such a high risk of MSDs, chiropractic is a must for preventing and healing wear and tear on the body.

Through gentle chiropractic adjustments and individualized therapies, chiropractic care can get you out of pain and extend your working years. Don’t wait until pain is part of your everyday life—and if you’re already in pain, don’t live with it a moment longer.

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