All Injury Rehab of North Dallas

Back injuries can be extremely painful and long-lasting. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the back injuries of more than 1 million workers account for nearly 20 percent of all injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Only the common cold accounts for more lost days of work.

OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, does not have a specific regulation for back safety, but training employees to lift safely is implied by the General Duty Clause of the federal workplace safety statute. The law requires employers to provide employees with a workplace that is "free of recognized hazards." OSHA has stated that it will not focus its enforcement efforts on employers that have implemented effective ergonomic programs or that are making good-faith efforts to reduce hazards that cause worker strains and sprains. "Ergonomics" is the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker. Back safety is a cornerstone of an effective ergonomics program.

Avoiding Ergonomic Issues

· Know the Symptoms

· Get up and move

· Body alignment while sitting

· Use posture-friendly props

· Increase awareness of posture

· Exercise to help prevent injury

· Wear supportive footwear

· Avoid overprotecting posture

· Create ergo physical environments

· Ergonomics when in motion

Over time, poor posture may be caused by not recognizing the habits from everyday activities such as sitting in office chairs, looking at the computer, driving, standing for long periods of time, or even sleeping. Poor posture can easily become second nature, causing or aggravating episodes of back pain and damaging spinal structures. Fortunately, the main factors affecting posture and ergonomics are completely within one's ability to control and are not difficult to change. Visit All Injury Rehab & Chiropractic today to learn more about workplace ergonomic spinal care.