Handy advice for Backcare Awareness Week 2014

We’ve been busy celebrating Backcare Awareness week in and around the college. This year’s focus has been on office workers – did you know that about 7.6 million working days were lost due to work-related back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders from 2010 to 2011 according to an NHS study?  

We've come up with some handy tips to keep your back healthy while you are at work: 
  • Stand, Sit and Move at your desk
  • Stretch your back at your desk at least every half hour
  • Maintain a good posture. Avoid slumping in your chair, leaning over a desk or walking with your shoulders hunched
  • Set your workstation just right - use a chair with a backrest, sit with your feet flat on the floor or on a footrest, change how you sit every few minutes.
  • Use headsets to help stop straining those neck muscles
  • Take regular breaks especially if you work long hours
  • When lifting, always bend your knees and hips, not your back. Never twist and bend at the same time

Did you know?

The AECC provide free 15 minute consultations which allow you to discuss your problem area and decide whether chiropractic treatment is right for you.