Ever wondered why there is constant disturbance at the lower back and sometimes your spinal cord. ? Medics caution not to take it lightly as there are chances of the spine becoming vulnerable to serious disorders like a slipped disc, hernia or in rare cases, paralysis of limbs. These are especially encountered in employees who work for long  hours and eventually fall into trouble. Nine hours and that’s how long the average person spends hunched over or slouched in front of a screen each day.

What causes it?

  1. Wrong posture is the main cause of back pain such as crouching and bending over.
  2. A powerful sneeze creates a flutter around the spine discs and if sneezing results into a sudden pain in the back.
  3. Application of heavy force such as bending and lifting heavy loads consistently.
  4. When driving for prolonged periods the lumbar curve is all but lost, placing extra strain on the vertebrae and discs.
  5. Maintaining same position for a long time.
  6. Age can also cause back pains since our bodies naturally lose the ability to repair themselves or withstand excessive demands placed on them.

Preventing measures:

  1. When a person suffers from slip disk the first aid treatment will likely include application of hot or cold packs, limited activity and basic pain relievers. As the condition improves, specific back-stretching or strengthening exercises may be suggested.
  2. Don’t sit too far away from the pedals as this may put additional strain on the upper back and neck.
  3. Make changes to work environment and work style as far as is practical
  4. Place both hands on the steering wheel and look down between your arms, at your legs. You should see equal amounts of each leg.
  5. consider ways in which  you can make jobs physically easier and safer to perform.
  6. Try to relax and take breaks at regular intervals.

Following these tips may reduce your spine stress and relieves you to work longer and more comfortable. The ability to better characterize the magnitude of the problem and formulate targeted prevention strategies rests on improved surveillance of the body.

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