Preventing and Treating Lower Back Pain

Posted on: 24 May 2022

Lower back pain is a common complaint amongst Australia's office workers. No matter whether it's minor or persistently painful, back pain isn't an issue you should ignore. Whether you're an office worker or you're the person managing the office, here are ways to prevent and treat lower back pain.

Manual Handling Training

If you expect your office workers to engage in lifting large or heavy objects, they'll need manual handling training. This is the case even if their lifting activities are infrequent. While back pain usually arises from repetitive strain over time, there is no telling just how many incidents need to occur before it arises. If you're unsure as to what type of training your workers require, try using an occupational health and rehabilitation service. With a thorough assessment, they can point you in the direction of the right manual handling techniques.

Computer Screen Adjustments

A computer screen that's too high or too low can affect muscles throughout your back. This includes the lower muscles supporting your shoulders to the lower muscles supporting your spine. Ideally, your computer should remain at eye level. If you or your team work in an environment where various people will use the same desk due to shifts, try using an ergonomic chair that's easy to adjust. Additionally, make sure everyone receives the right training in aligning themselves with their computer.

Providing the Right Seats

On the subject of seats, make sure the ones you're using provide lower back support. If you're unsure, you can ask an occupational health specialist to assess the environment you're working in and provide feedback. The right ergonomic chairs can both prevent and minimise lower back pain. Ideally, the chairs you use will allow you to position your thighs horizontal to your knees at hip level.

Promoting Walks

Sitting stationary in a chair all day doesn't work to anyone's benefit. As such, you should encourage your team to take regular walks so that they can get their back muscles moving. Regular walks prevent muscles from feeling tight and can stop you from remaining in a position that isn't good for your posture. If you or a member of your team is already suffering from back pain, make sure you use exercise outside of the office too. Gentle exercises such as walking and swimming can both play a strong role in reducing back pain and preventing it from becoming more severe as time goes on. 

For more questions about occupational health and rehabilitation, contact a local provider.