The dependent profession requires many hours of service to the public. The tasks to be performed are very varied depending on the type of shop or establishment in which they develop their work. Today I will focus on two very typical problems that occur to the dependent. One affects the back and the other to the neck.
The first problem that I have encountered very frequently in the consultation are lumbar problems in a dependent that does not perform any type of physical effort with which to relate their illness. However, when inquiring into their work activities I do not get out of my astonishment when they tell me that they spend the hours that their working day stands idle.
If we are 7 or 9 hours in a row, it is a matter of time before we have a back problem. The muscles in charge of stabilizing our lumbar spine are designed to resist but not jokingly will endure all those hours without being exhausted. Once exhausted, the back loses the protection and dynamic stability that gives us this musculature. Less harmonic movements will occur between the vertebrae and we will be more vulnerable to poor postures and inappropriate gestures. In a back without injuries, in a person who takes care of their weight and food, we can probably be months or even years without suffering great problems in the back. But problems will come. It’s a matter of time.
Once we have a back injury the thing changes. At this moment our back will make us pay for the excesses. After the first injury, we will not be able to stand all those hours in a row because the back will complain. This is known to people suffering from chronic low back pain.
Having said all this, it is very striking how in many trades workers do not have a single chair within their power to sit down from time to time. More attention is drawn to me in large companies with prevention services where this problem has not been remedied.
The solution is simple. A clerk should sit for one or two minutes every half hour of work. It is the only way that the muscles can endure the entire working day.
The second problem that we find in the consultations is in the neck. There are two types of gestures that can cause cervical pain.
One is the simple fact of handling weights. We must be very aware of our abilities and not try to handle weights beyond our possibilities. It is also necessary to take into account the accumulated effort. If we have to spend all morning replacing a shelf, for example, if we do not rest from time to time, the overload will come.
Another gesture to keep in mind is the handling of objects above the level of the shoulders. On the one hand, when we handle objects in high we look upwards that is the worst gesture for the neck and the most dangerous. On the other hand, when we have the arms in high puts all the cervical muscles in tension and if we have the neck in bad posture we can do damage.
In short, the greatest risk for the back and neck of the dependent is to spend too much time standing or in the accumulation of repetitive efforts in the same posture. Many patients confess that they cannot change habits because their bosses will not let them. They are scolded if they are seated. In my humble opinion, I do not think a clerk gives less to rest for a minute every half hour. What’s more, if you find yourself with energy as the working day passes you will surely do your job much better.
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