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Suffering from back pain when sitting.

This is an organization where many of the staff are not in very good physical condition, but this is not unusual for people with back, neck, shoulder and wrist pain.

In my experience, he shoots a long bow to blame the chair if you can't do 20 sit-ups, 20 push-ups, and 20 squats in 30 seconds.

Plus, it's not fair to blame the chair if your hamstrings and glutes are so tight that you can't sit up straight. And yet, what's the first thing people do when they have back pain? They blame the chair and ask for a new one without doing anything to improve their own physical condition.

I can tell you one thing, the problem is rarely the chair, it is the person sitting in it and if you want a comfortable job sitting all day, you better start training. As I write, I am sitting comfortably in a $ 45 chair. It is the simplest of the old-fashioned typist chairs.

The chair has no arms, the back is upright, it is the right height for my workstation, and my abdomen is pressed against the desk. There is a hole in my lower back. I am upright and locked in.

Regardless of the cost of your chair, if you sit for most of the day and don't have a decent strength and flexibility training program, sooner or later you will surely be on the receiving end of back pain. You will likely also have pain in your upper back, shoulders, neck, and wrist.

Even though you always see a therapist, no one has ever told you that back pain is not due to a lack of rubbing, crunching, heating, or vibration. It's also not due to a lack of ibuprofen, codeine, acetaminophen, oxycodone, or laudanum!

If SST staff were on the job, they would have squads of vigilantes around workplaces making sure people had their desks and chairs positioned correctly and were sitting up straight, with their abs pressing against the desk and back. of the chair pressing up under the shoulder blades.

No workplace can afford to tolerate people sitting in any other position. If there is no gap in the lower back, people do not sit properly.

New chair, phony bah! I have not come across any occupational health and safety personnel who regularly measure the strength and flexibility of people with back, shoulder, neck and wrist pain.

They also subscribe to the theory that the chair is to blame. In fact, it has reached a stage where SST officers refuse to carry out these assessments for fear of being taken to the dry cleaner for human rights abuse. In general terms, human responsibilities take a back seat to human rights.

OH&S officials have told me that strength and flexibility tests discriminate against people who are out of condition.

I point out to them that as long as the organization is paying the premium for workers' compensation insurance, they have every right to manage the risk.

It seems to go beyond reason to go up to someone and say, "Buddy / Ma'am, there's a high probability that the reason you have low back pain is because you are not in good shape."

Instead of a $ 1,200 chair, I'm going to pay for the first two months of a gym membership for you so you can get your body back in better alignment. I'll even pay for half a dozen sessions with a personal trainer.

The other part of the research that you dare not speak his name is that the closer you get to the point of being 20kg or more overweight, the more likely you are to succumb to low back pain.

You can imagine how well you will lose weight in the workplace telling someone to lose weight, and yet the research findings are compelling.

The fatter you are, the greater your risk of low back pain. Of course, if risk is not measured, risk cannot be managed and, in most companies, the risk of musculoskeletal dysfunction is not measured or managed.

Workers' compensation premiums are skyrocketing, not because of work-related injuries, but because of personal musculoskeletal dysfunctions that are treated as work-related injuries.

Surprisingly, workers 'compensation insurers have not responded to the abuse of the workers' compensation system; they are under the orders of the doctors.

But it turns out that for most people lower back pain is not a medical condition, it is a fitness issue, and fitness is not the strong point of the medical industry. But the point is, you can't fix a fitness problem with a medical solution.

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