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Prevent and Treat Back Pain at Work

The stress of work can be a real pain in the back. Painful back problems are common in office jobs due to being seated in the same position for an extended period of time, day after day, as well as in jobs that require heavy lifting, such as the trades. Back pain can be a highly irritating and debilitating issue that can recur and worsen over time if left untreated. Everything from strains to slipped discs should be medically assessed before returning to work in order to reduce the chances of aggravating the injury further. Working through pain is a reality for many Kiwis who lack the funds and time to seek medical advice. At Health Now, that is something we want to combat. Here are four ways that your employer can help to prevent back pain for their staff and encourage treatment.

Ergonomic Office Furniture

Even a short amount of time sitting in a chair with poor postural support can be enough to bring on back pain. If this is repeated frequently enough pain can become an issue. By investing in ergonomic office furniture, pain and discomfort can be alleviated and even prevented from occurring in the first place. Ergonomic office furniture is designed to promote proper posture and provide adequate support to the back, neck, shoulders and arms. This type of furniture can include adjustable chairs, desks, and keyboards that allow the user to customise their workspace to their body’s needs.

Regular Manual Handling Training

Teaching employees techniques to safely lift, move, and handle objects in the workplace is the responsibility of the employer. The goal of this training is to prevent workplace injuries and reduce the risk of back injuries, strains, and sprains. Manual handling training can also improve workplace efficiency by reducing the time and effort required to move heavy or awkward objects. By using the correct techniques and equipment, employees can move objects more quickly and with less effort, reducing the risk of fatigue and injury.

Encourage Short Breaks and Exercise

Repeated motions and long periods of physical inactivity can be equally detrimental to back health. To negate both of these possible causes of back pain, employers should encourage short breaks and walks throughout the day. Mobilising the body can help to prevent pain and exercise can strengthen back, stomach and leg muscles.

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HealthNow gives companies the opportunity to be part of their employees’ health journey. Employers can contribute funds to a digital Health Wallet for their staff to access for their healthcare needs; whether it’s physiotherapy, chiro or anything else. Supporting the health and wellness of employees can lead to a happier work environment, increased productivity and reduced sick days. 

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