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February 25, 2018 2 min read

Preventing Repetitive Strain Injury at Work


Staying Healthy at Work

Being the healthiest version of ourselves is something we are all striving for, often when we are at home we think about our health goals, set targets and make healthy choices. At work it's easy to get distracted and go off track, prioritising your work commitments, roles, jobs and tasks. We work so hard it comes first and we come second - in our own lives!

lifting at work, preventing in jury at work, managing injury at work
  • Take your breaks and get some fresh air if you can.
  • Get active and keep active – take a lunchtime walk or exercise class.
  • Keep your neck active - don’t wedge the phone between your ear and shoulder.
  • Don’t overstretch to perform a task – move closer to the task.
  • If a load is too heavy or an awkward shape, ask someone for help.

More Tips!

  • Make good use of any equipment designed to help you with strenuous tasks - it may be quicker to just lift the item and move it but take the extra time to grab the trolley and wheel it where it needs to go, your back will thank you for it!
  • If you are getting work related aches and pains flag it up with your employer promptly - let’s aim to prevention and adaptation rather than dealing with it when it’s too late.
  • If you know you are heading into work for a physical day, have a brief warm up, stretch and loosen the back, arms and legs and prepare them so the heavy or repetitive work is not a shock.
  • Vary the tasks - try to do an action repeatedly where possible, if you have a long to do list then have a few things going together so that you can move from one position to another.
  • Take steps outside work to strengthen your muscles (see here) and increase your fitness, make your exercise and movement away from work completely different to what you do in work to increase your strength and physical resilience.
  • Wear appropriate clothing - clothes that allow free movement and keep your muscles a warm temperature.
  • Take a break to get a glass of water - don't avoid meals either, your body needs the chance to have a break and get the right nourishment.

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