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August 24, 2005

Exercise And Ergonomics Saves Backs

Low back pain is one of the most common complaints that clients bring to massage therapists. However, massage therapists can also fall victim to low back pain.

The single most important thing that massage therapists learn at school to protect themselves from job related wearing and exhaustion is body mechanics, defined as the use of proper body movement in daily activities.

Exercise and ergonomic work stations go a long way toward helping to prevent back pain in the general population.

The combination of strengthening, stretching and aerobics is important. You do strengthening exercises to support and stabilize the spine, stretching to maintain flexibility in the legs and the tissues that surround the spine, and aerobics to oxygenate the muscles.

The improvement of office environments has been a concern for the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). On the job non-traumatic injuries cause 600,000 employees to miss work and a million more to suffer in pain.

Posted by linda at August 24, 2005 11:14 AM

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