Monday, December 24, 2012

It's All About the Back


Happy Holidays from all of us at Ergologistics and Lift'n Buddy! I would like to dedicate this post to all the hard, dedicated workers who make the world go 'round while many of us enjoy the time off with friends and family, specifically those workers in public utilities, transportation, hospitality, law enforcement, and many others. Simply, thank you! I wish you all the warmth of the Holiday Season.

I would like to focus this blog post on going back to the basics of back health. It is a subject I dedicate a lot of thought to, as I believe it is core to health. As many of us go through our daily lives, micro-trauma to the back can creep up on us, and typically manifests itself in recurring pain at the most inopportune times. My philosophy has always been to save your back for the grand kids, or weekend round of golf.

What a tragedy it is when we injure this delicate human structure at the work place! With proper, dedicated, and regimented care, we can all keep are backs in optimum condition. Let's go back to basics and discuss what it means to have a healthy back. The following informuation is from University of Maryland, Division of Administration & Finance and Department of Environmental Safety. This is great food for thought:

Having a Healthy Back

Your back is the main support structure of your entire body. Along with your muscles and joints, it allows you to move (sit, stand, bend, etc.) and to bear weight. But the back is also a delicate, finely balanced structure that can be easily injured if it is not cared for properly. Knowing the basics of back care can make the difference between a healthy back and an aching one!


A Healthy Back

The back (or spinal column) is composed of 24 moveable bones called vertebrae. Between each vertebrae is a cushion-like pad called a disc that absorbs shock. These vertebrae and discs are supported by ligaments and muscles that keep the back properly aligned in three balanced curves. When any of these various parts becomes diseased, injured or deconditioned, back problems and pain are almost certain to follow.

A Balanced Back

A healthy back is a balanced back--your cervical (neck), thoracic (chest) and lumbar (lower back) curves are all properly aligned. (You know your back is aligned properly when your ears, shoulders and hips are "stacked" in a straight line.) A healthy back is also protected and supported by flexible "elastic" discs and well-conditioned muscles.

An Aching Back

A number of physical conditions, such as curvature of the spine (scoliosis), arthritis and herniated (ruptured) disks, can cause back pain, but the majority of backaches are due to poor posture and weak supporting muscles. Improper posture places excess stress on the spinal column. Over time, poor posture can lead to sudden or recurrent back pain. Weak muscles contribute to, and are often responsible for, poor posture since they cannot adequately support the spinal column.

Preventive Back Care

Once you understand how your back works, and what can go wrong, you're ready to start taking care of your back--for the health of it. By using proper posture (when you sit, stand, lift, recline and move) and by exercising the muscles that support your back, you can prevent the most common causes of backaches. The result is freedom from back pain and a stronger, healthier back.

Thank you for your time and attention.  Let's make it safe this Monday.

Aaron M. Lamb
President, Ergologistics


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