Pain Prevention in the Workplace

Perth Physiotherapy for Pain Prevention in the workplace

This article will:

  • Increase your knowledge of anatomy, posture and causes of pain in the workplace
  • Develop a series of pain preventative strategies and activities
  • Improve your awareness of the importance of physical activity in pain prevention and dysfunction

So where does the pain come from?

The spine has an abundant nerve supply and pain may thus originate from many of its musculoskeletal structures eg. joint capsule, ligaments, muscles, bones, blood vessels, disc

Pain receptors may be stimulated by:

a)     Mechanical Force – pressure, distraction or disruption

b)     Chemical Irritation – chemical substances associated with inflammation or trauma

Common Problems Include:

  • tension headaches and migraines
  • neck pain and stiffness
  • shoulder pain and tenderness
  • forearm, hand and elbow pain
  • thoracic spine pain
  • respiratory and digestive problems
  • low back pain

Why do we suffer from pain in the workplace?

  1. A dependency on passive control mechanisms (weakness)
  2. Adaptive shortening (tightness)
  3. Increasing work hours – specifically static and sedentary hours.
  4. Asymmetrical work positions or poorly designed work stations
  5. Poor postural awareness:

> poking chin increased cervical spine hyperextension

> increased thoracic spine kyphosis

> forward shoulder posture

> increased or decreased lumbar spine lordosis