all subject to back problems it's one of the drawbacks (no
pun intended) of walking upright on two legs. Couple that
with life's variety of daily stresses, and it's all but guaranteed
that most people eventually suffer from back pain.
No matter what your occupation is, no doubt it¹s a source
of daily or near-daily stress. Work-related factors have long
been implicated as potential contributors to back pain, a
hypothesis supported by recent research in the journal
Spine. Four hundred and eighty-four men and women participated
in a 24-year study to determine specific occupational factors
related to low back pain (LBP). The study also evaluated whether
interactions between psychosocial and physical factors, and
between work-related and leisure-related factors, affected
LBP. Results showed that:
€ Heavy physical workload and sedentary work (i.e., jobs
involving prolonged sitting or limited movement) increased
the risk of LBP among men and women.
€ Among women, smoking and the combination of "whole-body
vibrations" (a phrase used by researchers to designate
jobs involving driving, operating machinery, etc.) and low
influence over work conditions increased risk of LBP.
€ Among men, high perceived load outside work (i.e., exercising,
household responsibilities and/or repair, etc.) and the
combination of poor social relations and overtime increased
risk of LBP.
What can you do about back pain? First, be aware of "red
flags" factors at work and at home that may increase
your risk. Second, schedule regular chiropractic appointments.
Your doctor of chiropractic can evaluate any current back
pain you might be experiencing and help prevent future back
pain from occurring.
Thorbjornsson CB, Alfredsson L, Fredriksson K, et al. Physical
and psychosocial factors related to low back pain during a
24-year period. Spine, Feb. 1, 2000: Vol. 25, No. 3,
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