Whether you work in an office or at a construction site, safety on the job is vital to ensuring good health. Be sure to keep these tips in mind as you go about your workplace duties:
- Think Twice, Life Once - Any item that requires transport has the potential to cause injury to your spine. Take a moment to plan any lifts that you are required to make.
- If you find yourself seated or standing for long periods of time, be sure to move and stretch frequently. Take short walks every few hours.
- Repetitive strain injuries are far too common on the job. If you are involved in an activity that requires repeat movement such as shoveling, try switching up your hands to give the muscles on one side of your body a break.
- Consider investing in ergonomic equipment such as an adjustable chair or wireless keyboard and mouse.
- Students need to be mindful as well. When it comes to your backpack - Pack it Light, Wear it Right.
Participating in sports and other physical activities enriches our lives and is good exercise for our bodies. Keep these tips in mind when you partake in any activity:
- Warm up before you get started with some stretches. This allows your muscles to prepare for the task ahead. Don't forget to cool down when you're finished as well.
- If you need to carry equipment such as golf clubs or ski gear, be careful when lifting it from your vehicle. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
- Don't overdo it. Sometimes pain doesn't necessarily mean gain. Listen to your body and trust it to know your limits.
- Stay hydrated. The human body is roughly 60% water so it makes sense that we operate best when we've had plenty to drink.
- Have fun! Exercise is essential to good health and provides significant benefit to your spine.
Trains, planes and automobiles are an essential part of vacations, family get-togethers and of course, work. No matter how you decide to get from point A to point B, be sure to keep these tips in mind the next time you commute:
- During long travel times by car, pull over to rest stops to let yourself and your passengers stretch their legs. If you're travelling by plane, take a stroll down the aisles and get moving whenever possible.
- Watch that luggage! Lifting and carrying heavy suitcases can put a huge strain on your back. Be sure to lift correctly and invest in luggage with wheels if possible. Backpacks are helpful too but be sure to Pack it Light and Wear it Right.
- Travelling and commuting can be stressful. Try to relax and focus on the great vacation that awaits, or the wonderful time you've already had.
- If you're involved in a car crash, consider all of your recovery options. Symptoms may take a few days to a week to appear. It is important to see your family chiropractor as soon as possible to support your recovery.