Did you know that tradies take up 30% of our workforce?
Working as a tradie can be very physically demanding with the constant lifting, manual labour and long hours that the job requires. It can often take a significant strain on the body, especially the back. Back pain is one of the most common injuries suffered by tradespeople. According to Work Safe Australia in 2015, 190 serious workers compensation claims were being made daily by Australian tradies, making it three times the national average compared to other occupations in Australia. For this reason, we need to encourage our tradies to take more care of their backs.
Encourage Daily Stretching
Stretching is vital in preparing for a day of work. It allows the muscles and soft tissue to warm up and prepare themselves for the day ahead. When the body starts to become stiff as a result of lifting, bending or twisting repeatedly, the lower back, neck, and shoulders will start to feel the impact.
Without regular stretching, the upper and mid-back will begin to cause strain on the lower back, thus becoming more prone to injury on the job site. 30% of those who have experienced back pain in the past will have the reoccurrence of the same pain throughout their lifetime. Encouraging a 5-minute stretch of the back daily can significantly improve posture, muscle soreness, reduce the reoccurring pain and decrease the chance of injury.
Correct Lifting Technique
Manual handling is the most common cause of injury in tradies due to the consistent bending, kneeling and lifting posture that’s used when on the job. Ensuring that tradies are lifting with their legs can help avoid the risk of straining their backs. Start by keeping the back as straight as possible and keeping the knees bent.
When going to lift the load, ensure that the glutes and leg muscles are activated. These muscles are the largest in the body, therefore they must be used during lifting to ensure no injury to the rest of the body occurs. The correct lifting technique is essential in preventing back injury in tradies. Before lifting assess the load, if the load is too big make sure to ask for help!
Over three million Australians suffer from lower back pain every year. A 2015 report showed that the most common age of Australians with lower back pain was males aged 30-39. Here at Progressive Physiotherapy, we not only care about your physical pain but the overall wellbeing of your health.
We take the hassle-free approach to recovery and will be there every step of the way to get you stress-free and moving again. Contact the practice today on (02) 4721 7798, email email@example.com or book your appointment online here.