If your job requires a lot of bending over and heavy lifting, then you may experience some sort of work-related back pain. Back pain can be debilitating and effects 80% of working adults at some point. People who often endure heavy lifting in the workplace are most at risk. So if you work with demountable buildings or in another line of work that requires heavy lifting, then this article will be perfect for you.
Working with Demountable Buildings
If you work in events, a big part of your job may include assembling and dismantling demountable buildings, if this is the case, then you are more susceptible to back pain. A job like this can cause various injuries and strain on your back.
Back Pain Associated with Heavy Lifting
Back pain associated with heavy lifting usually occurs in the lower back, this is due to the strain that can be put on this part of your body when assembling demountable buildings or any other heavy equipment/objects.
Common causes of lower back pain are associated with;
- Heavy lifting
- Twisting the spine
- Lifting from the ground
- Lifting an item overhead
To help avoid these, it is essential to practice safe lifting techniques. This includes;
Squatting rather than bending over to pick up objects is a tried and tested method that can help prevent back pain when it comes to lifting heavy objects. Some tips for getting this right include;
- Bend the hips not the back
- Keep chest forward (do not twist body and lift)
- Keep weight (object) close to the body
There are many other methods when it comes to preventing back pain whilst setting up and taking down demountable buildings and it’s important to find the one that’s right for you.
Acupuncture for Back Pain
Even with all the proper lifting methods put in place, you may still experience back pain from time to time, especially if you are required to lift heavy objects on a regular basis.
Many studies have proven acupuncture to be more successful when it comes to treating pain than Western medications and other remedies when it comes to uncomplicated back pain. However, acupuncture cannot be used for all types of back pain. Back pain that is associated with certain conditions, such as cancer, has not been tested due to the risk of dangerous complications.
Other Options for Reducing Back Pain
As well as acupuncture, there are many other methods you can use to help reduce back pain. Using multiple methods is one of the best ways to make your back more resilient to pain, these include;
- Keeping fit
- Losing excess weight
- Quitting smoking
- Improving posture
- Taking care when lifting
- Manage stress
- Take regular breaks
- Go to your doctor for advice
- Do spinal strengthening exercises