Lower Back Pain while you are at work
If you have lower back pain while you are at work, you should report it to your health and safety representative and your employer. Talk with them about how your work situation could be improved. For example, perhaps you need a chair support, or perhaps your work station needs adjusting to better accommodate your body. It’s possible that your employer will help you receive occupational health support.
Health and Safety
Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their employees and your back pain may be caused by your working conditions. If it is aggravated because your employer has neglected his or her duty of care towards you, then you should report that breach of duty to your health and safety representative, or alternatively report it directly to the Health and Safety Executive.
You also have a duty to look after your health, and so your back.
- Make sure that your chair is adjusted so that your forearms are resting on the desk comfortably, with your elbows more or less at right angles.
- Vary the tasks you do so that you don’t get a repetitive strain injury.
- Take regular breaks and walk around as much as you can.
- Occasionally get up and stretch so that your spine is decompressed.
- Make sure you have a chair, or a chair support that supports your lower back. and sit in a comfortable position.
- If you have any suggestions regarding how to improve your work conditions, impart them to your employer and health and safety representative.
There are several products on the market that can help you if you regularly suffer from lower back pain. For example, there’s our spinal backrack which is patented. You can use this in the safety and comfort of your home. If you need a back support, why not try our lumber belt? It’s comfortable and adjustable and will help to relieve your pain.
Lower back pain has different causes, and sometimes its caused because of too much pressure being put on your ligaments, joints and muscles. Sometimes muscles can go into spasms and you experience pain and/or tenderness over an extended area. These spasms can sometimes pull your spine out of its natural shape, making is curve sideways, at least temporarily. This condition is called scoliosis. This puts even more strain on other ligaments, so exacerbating your existing problem.
Your vertebral discs age and get stiff and worn as you grow older, so they are more easily damaged. The protective outer part of the disc is soft and jelly-like. If this part is damaged, it can burst if too much pressure is put on it. You may experience numbness or pins and needles, spasms and pain in your back.
Don’t automatically reach for painkillers if you have back pain. Ultimately, they will do more damage to your health. Why not have a look at our product range? You may find that a lumbar belt is the answer to your back problems. Failing that, contact us and ask for advice about the best way to alleviate your pack pain