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    Treating back issues: Stretching exercises


    Few ailments can be as debilitating and restricting as persistent back trouble. Whether it’s caused by repeated actions at work, an accident with heavy lifting or the result of slips, trips and falls, it’s important to get back injuries thoroughly checked out and the healing process begun with stretching exercise.

    What sort of accidents at work cause back injuries?

    Manual handling is one of the main offenders in terms of causing back injuries at work. Any employee whose job involves elements of heavy lifting needs to undergo the relevant and modern training required before they begin such tasks. Employees should never attempt to lift weights with which they uncomfortable.

    Other back injuries are caused by falling objects or accidents with machinery. This is particularly prevalent on construction site accidents, which are often extremely serious given the nature of the job and the tools involved.

    In an office environment, problems can be brought about by consistently poor posture or sitting in the same position for lengthy periods of time which puts undue strain on certain parts of the back. Regular breaks and stretching exercise are essential to safety at work.

    How can I treat back injuries?

    Regular stretching exercise can play a huge role in the recovery from a back injury. Of course, any injury ought to be diagnosed by a medical professional, and you should never try anything without discussing it with your doctor first, but stretching can significantly ease feelings of tensions, stiffness, and soreness.

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    Some of the most common and popular stretching exrecise includes:

    Bottom to heels stretch: Beginning on all fours with your knees under hips and hands under shoulders, slowly move back until your bottom sits on your heels, holding the natural curve of the spine.

    Knee rolls: Lie back with a small cushion beneath your head and your knees bent. Keeping them bent, roll your knees from one side to the other. Your pelvis should follow your knees whilst both shoulders remain in contact with the floor.

    Back extensions: Lying on your front, prop yourself up on your elbows and slowly raise the head. You should feel a gentle stretching in the abdomen.

    These exercises should be repeated 8-10 times, and using a mirror can help ensure you maintain the correct body shape throughout.

    Accident Advice Helpline can help victims of back injuries at work claim the work accident compensation they deserve. Give their Freephone line a call on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your potential claim in more detail.

    Date Published: January 28, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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