Back pain caused by incorrect posture is one of the most common types of work-related injury in the UK. If you’ve been injured in accidents at work, or you’ve developed a work-related illness, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation.
What kinds of injuries can occur as a result of incorrect posture at work?
Your posture is incredibly important, especially if your job involves sitting or standing for long periods of time each day, manual labour, or lifting and handling.
Your posture relates to the alignment of your spine; if you have poor or incorrect posture, this increases pressure on the muscles in your back and neck, and reduces support for your spinal column.
Incorrect posture increases your risk of back pain and may also cause muscle tension and
stiffness. You may also experience pain in your shoulders and neck. If you’re dealing with chronic pain, this can also prevent you from sleeping; a lack of sleep may affect your focus and concentration and reduce your energy levels.
Over the course of time, you may become fatigued and you may be more susceptible to illnesses and infections, as well as mental health problems, such as stress.
If you have poor posture over a prolonged period of time, there is a risk that your spine may become curved and this can result in vertebral subluxations. This causes the vertebrae, the discs, to slip out of position.
How to amend your incorrect posture
When you are sitting down, your back should be straight and your shoulders relaxed. If you use a computer, you shouldn’t have to stretch forward to type.
Adjust the height of your chair, so that you can reach the keyboard easily. Always ensure that you use an office chair which provides support for the entire back, including the lumbar vertebrae at the bottom of the spine. Take regular breaks.
If you’re standing up, try to keep your spine straight your shoulders back and your head held high. If you’re lifting, follow health and safety guidelines to prevent work accidents. Keep your back straight and lift from your knees. Avoid lifting anything heavy; use machinery, such as trolleys, instead.
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Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice