As we discussed in part one of this two-part blog series, there are an incredible amount of back injuries that are sustained by Canadians alone each year. Because of this, an estimated six to 12 billion dollars a year are spent on the treatment of back-related injuries. But why are there so many back injuries in Canada, as well as the rest of the world?
The simple answer is that injuring your lower back is incredibly easy to do. In fact, 85 percent of Canadians with lower back injuries could not even pinpoint the moment or activity they were participating in when they became injured in the first place. While sustaining a back injury might not seem like an easy thing to overlook, they can happen slowly over time — without you noticing.
One of the most common ways that people sustain back injuries over long periods of time can actually be attributed to their work — and yes, even if you work in an office. In today’s blog post we will be discussing how the Canadain workforce might become injured in their office, how to prevent it, and how to treat it if an injury that causes lower back pain does occur.
How Do Most Lower Back Injuries In The Office Happen?
While it might seem like an easy question to answer, getting hurt in an office environment is not necessarily as hard as you might think. Sure, lower back injuries could be easily sustained trying to lift a box of files up from the ground using pure back strength or by trying to move the copier, but in reality, most lower back injuries in office environments happen extremely slowly over a long period of time. Below, we have outlined the two main causes of workplace injuries in the office.
Accidental Injury – As we said before, it is extremely easy to become injured when doing something as simple as improperly lifting a heavy item. When someone injures their lower back in the office because of an isolated incident, the injury can be labeled as an accidental injury — and the injured worker can be labeled as one of the 15 percent of Canadians that can, in fact, remember how they had hurt their back.
Non-Accidental Injury – Non-accidental injury does not refer to a situation where you got hurt by a co-worker with malicious intent. Instead, it means that your lower back became injured slowly over time as a result of some “normal” activity that is completed daily. These “normal” activities can be poor body mechanics, prolonged activity, unnatural motions, or even fatigue.
Non-Accidental Work Injuries: How Do They Happen?
As we stated above, a non-accidental lower back injury is an injury that occurs as a result of an activity that is performed on a daily or regular basis that eventually causes injury. While that might not seem like something that can happen in the typical office environment, there are many factors that can lead to lower back injury. Below, we will discuss one of the most common causes of non-accidental back injury in the office space.
Poor Body Mechanics
Poor body mechanics refers to how the body is subjected to move in an average day in an office environment. While it is not impossible to maintain perfect posture and ample movement during the workday, it is harder than it might be in most other industries. Office jobs usually require employees to sit for long periods of time, and after a while, that can lead to lower back injury and chronic lower back pain.
Over time, the combination of sitting, looking at a screen, and fatigue can cause employees to lean forward and slouch. If a person finds themselves habitually slouching forward in their chairs on a day to day basis, it can lead to the development of tighter and more rigid joints — including those found in the lower back.
How To Sit In An Office Chair Correctly (And Safely)
When it comes to avoiding non-accidental lower back injuries in the office, there is really only one thing to do — and that is to do your best to avoid becoming hurt in the first place by sitting correctly in your office chair. Below, we have outlined for you the proper way to sit in an office chair to prevent non-accidental injuries.
What To Do If You Suffer From A Non-Accidental Lower-Back Injury
If you begin to feel discomfort in your lower back, the odds are that you have already sustained a lower back injury — and while we still suggest that you follow the above steps to make your current workspace setup more functional and safe, you are likely going to still need treatment. One way to effectively treat acute and chronic lower back pain is an exciting new treatment known as the NGUI-MATRIX.
What Is The NGUI-MATRIX?
The NGUI-MATRIX is an innovative new approach to a long-known medical issue. Pain is one of the most common medical symptoms in the world, and on top of that, lower back pain could possibly be the most prevalent localized pain.
Because of this, Grandmaster Stanley Ngui has developed a new pain management and treatment technique that is specially designed to be a non-invasive, non-toxic, and minimally intensive procedure. Why is this important? In a world of soaring medical costs and prescription drug dependency, this innovative pain treatment method negates the need for expensive recurring treatments by offering a one-time, fix-all, pain treatment.
Rather than treating the root of the problem (the pain that you are experiencing in your lower back), the NGUI-MATRIX addresses the reason that you are feeling pain in the first place. Harnessing the body’s natural energy, the clinician administering the treatment will move energy along the body’s natural meridians to correct body abnormalities.
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