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Ergonomics and Poor Body Postures

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My problem is this: I have a neck pain right at the base of my skull on my right side. One day I woke up and couldn't turn my face to my left anymore. I didn't think of it much at that time but I had an increasingly bad problem with my neck. I tried to massage the area with some muscle rub, put a heater on, place some ice on it and do exercises that could help me out. I figured it is because of the two pillows I put under my head while I sleep. Problems that come with poor posture are common now among people of any age, thanks to the growing use of computers, the sedentary lifestyles of young people who do not work their muscles enough, the elderly who suffer with lost muscle strength and arthritis, young mothers who run around with little kids and don't have enough time to work out, men in their middle age who develop a belly with no physical activity at all and in athletes who overwork their body parts.

Health care workers who constantly deal with patient care have to acquire different body positions in order to help patients out or do their duties such as transporting the patients, lifting the patients, and positioning patients for specific positions for X-rays. IT professionals suffer with wrist, elbow, neck and lower back pain due to their job duties that call for constantly looking into the screens and data entry and sitting in one place. The elderly who stay in bed for longer periods of time develop lower back pains. Even small children develop neck and back problems with the excessive usage of television and video games.

There are some basic tips that can help reduce the injuries with different parts of the body:

1. When reaching for something heavy on the floor, bend at the knees instead of bending at the waist.

2. When sitting at the computer for longer periods of time take a break in between to walk around and stretch.

3. When sitting at the computer, sit in a chair that allows you to keep both the soles of the feet flat on the floor and torso at a ninety degree angle with the back straight.

4. When pushing a heavy load use the back of the legs rather than your back.

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