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Managing and Preventing Injury for Manual Labourers

Preventing InjuryBathurst has a long and proud history of housing manual labourers of all kinds. The city has numerous homeowners who work in trades of farming, as well as working on landscaping and remodelling projects on their own homes. Some of the time the results of heavy labouring can cause injury such as musculoskeletal pain.

What is Musculoskeletal Pain?

Musculoskeletal pain affects your bones, nerves, tendons, ligaments and muscles. It can be chronic (long-lasting) or acute (having a fast onset with severe symptoms). Musculoskeletal pain can be widespread or confined to one area. Studies suggest 33 per cent of all adults are suffering from musculoskeletal pain: the most common place is the lower back.

How Can Chiropractors Help?

Chiropractic care offers people a treatment option for various conditions exacerbated or caused by work injuries or manual labour. Musculoskeletal pain is one of the work-related pain that chiropractors treat.

A recent study in Switzerland was carried out to identify differences in patient satisfaction, outcomes plus related costs of health care in the shoulder, hip and spinal pain patients who received care with medical doctors versus those who received care with chiropractor.

The research showed that shoulder, hip and spinal pain patients had the same pain relief, lower overall cost and greater satisfaction levels if they initiated care with chiropractors compared to those patients who initiated care with medical doctors.

Chiropractic Care for People Suffering from Musculoskeletal Pain

If you’re suffering from musculoskeletal pain chiropractic treatment can be very effective. Bathurst Chiropractic offers a range of chiropractic as well as physical therapy treatments that can help to relieve your pain quickly.

Studies reveal that chiropractic treatments are very effective for many work-related injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, migraine, headache, neck pain, sciatica, repetitive stress injuries and back pain. If you are a manual labourer with neck pain or back injury, chiropractic care can help you go back to work, free from suffering.

Many people have jobs that usually involve a significant amount of physical labour. Whether you are swinging a hammer, bending down to install wiring or hoisting hay bales, your back will often pay the price for your everyday livelihood. Damaged tendons, misalignment of vertebrae and muscle strains are known to be the most common physical dangers associated with physical labour.

Protecting Your Back and Your Livelihood

Back problems can make your job less pleasant and even lead to permanent disability or lost time. How do you prevent and resolve back problems? A multi-level approach is definitely the best way of keeping your back working well and leaving you feeling great.

The first thing you should do is go for a complete chiropractic exam. Your chiropractor will perform a comprehensive assessment of your joints and spine. Also, your chiropractor will do a detailed health history and pinpoint the areas in your body that need adjusting correctly.

Adjustments are natural and safe, and they help to return your joints and spine to optimal alignment. Adjustments decrease pain and also contribute to preventing any future injuries.

Measures to Take

In addition to the chiropractic treatment, it’s essential to take measures to prevent injury and strains.

• Keep moving – standing in one place for a long period of time increases fatigue in your back and leg muscles, which leads to compromised posture. Keeping the blood flowing is always a good thing.

• Proper lifting techniques are important. You should never twist while you are lifting an item, and always remember to lift correctly using your leg muscles, not your back.

• With time, work boots wear out and offer reduced shock absorption. You should replace your work boots on a regular basis and consider orthotics or insoles to improve arch support plus shock absorption.

If you are looking for an experienced chiropractor visit the caring and experience staff at  Bathurst Chiropractic. Our modern chiropractic clinic is devoted to helping you manage and prevent pain using the latest technology. Call (02) 6331 1004 now to schedule an appointment.

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