Back Pain in the Workplace: Prevention and Management

backA company’s productivity and profitability is dependent on the mental, physical and emotional well-being of its workforce. Your people are the cells within the organism of your company. Keep them healthy and the company will in turn be healthy.

  • In any business, large or small, staff are the most valuable asset
  • Back disorders are the most common form of ill health at work
  • 1 in 6 working days lost are due to bad backs
  • 60-80% of adults suffer back pain at sometime
“Really enjoyed the class & would love it to continue.”
Employee, Lifetech Warrington

Benefits To Your Business

  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Improve concentration levels
  • Reduce staff turnover
  • Increase productivity and service output
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Manage stress levels/stay in control
  • Increase stamina and energy levels
  • Learn breathing and relaxation techniques are used day to day
  • Correct poor posture&inefficient habits of movement
  • Alleviate the symptoms of stress and anxiety, insomnia, allergies and asthma
  • Build core strength
  • Relieve back and shoulder aches
“Excellent class, very knowledgeable instructor, would like it to be permanent thing.”
Employee, Lifetech Warrington

Back pain in the workplace: the causes

  • Poor workstation ergonomics
  • Lifting heavy goods or equipment
  • Repetitive tasks – manual packing of goods
  • Manual handling in awkward places – delivery work
  • Heavy manual labour
  • Operating heavy equipment
  • Long distance driving
  • Stress related tension – high job demands and lack of control
“Never done Pilates before and really enjoyed it, Felt I got a lot out of a half hour session and am interested in more sessions.”
Employee, Lifetech Warrington

Back pain: the facts

  • Back pain is a major health problem, affecting approximately 17.3 million people in the UK
  • 4.9 million Working days are lost due to back pain every year!
  • 3.5 million people experience back pain for the first time every year
  • 3.1 million people’s back pain lasts throughout the whole year
  • It affects men and women equally

Back pain can arise in many work situations. The exact cause is often unclear. Non-diagnosed back pain with no treatment can lead to an on going and sometimes worsening condition. As with many ill health conditions, some people are more susceptible to back pain than others.

Life Technologies in Warrington is committed to its employees Wellness & invited Pilates4sport into its facility to carry out Pilates taster classes over a 2 hr (lunch) period. Employees loved the classes.

“Great fun, really relaxing, I feel nice and stretched out.”
Employee, Lifetech Warrington

Activities that aggravate back pain and affect workplace performance

  • Stooping, bending over or crouching
  • Lifting objects which are too heavy or bulky and carrying objects awkwardly
  • Pushing, pulling or dragging excessive loads
  • Working beyond normal abilities and limits, and when physically overtired
  • Using poor lifting techniques (or where you are unable to use lifting aids due to the working environment)
  • Stretching, twisting and reaching
  • Prolonged periods in one position, leading to postural strain
  • Situations where the whole body is subjected to vibration, jolting and jarring

Most of the pain from such activities stems from poor posture, and being unaware of how to protect you’re back using appropriate postural techniques.

“Very beneficial, hope it becomes a regular thing.”
Employee, Lifetech Warrington

Back Pain in the Workplace: Corporate Pilates Prevention and Management

  • Business Needs Analysis
  • Individual Consultation & Postural Appraisal
  • Workstation Ergonomics
  • Postural Awareness Training
  • Pilates Exercise Programme
  • Stress Management Techniques
  • Biomechanics Training
“It was an amazing class and really felt energized afterwards; I would love to repeat this.”
Employee, Lifetech Warrington
Feel free to share...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+0Share on Facebook0Email this to someoneShare on LinkedIn0Pin on Pinterest0