Each a time a Denver employee arrives on the job there is a risk of injury and back injuries are especially common in the workplace. They can stem from a Colorado employee slipping and falling or from sitting for long hours in an office chair. This can lead to debilitating back pain. In many cases this back pain will lead to a Colorado workers’ compensation claim, there are certain stretches that we can all do to help lessen back pain.
According to The Huffington Post, there are some very simple stretches that can be performed before we even get out of bed. Throughout the night, our muscles might actually relax to the point that puts stress on our ligaments and our spinal joints and discs. Stretching prior to getting out of bed can help relieve some of that stress and lessen our back pain.
To stretch the lower back, draw both knees to the chest, one by one, holding down each knee with the hands. With both knees at the chest and pulled down, start to relax and feel a slight stretch in the lower back. To stretch the piriformis muscle, a muscle that plays a role in back and leg pain, start on the back and cross the right leg over the left. Slowly move the right knee up toward the chest, stopping when you feel a stretch in the buttock. Maintain this position for 30 seconds, repeating three times before switching legs.
These exercises will both help prevent on-the-job back injuries and lessen back pain from an existing back injury. Ultimately, however, it is up to a Denver employer to ensure that its workers are protected from injury.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Back Pain? 5 Stretches To Do Before Getting Out of Bed,” May 8, 2012