As an Allied health professional, you face a risk for musculoskeletal injuries every day. They can affect your muscles, bones, tendons, blood vessels, nerves and other soft tissues and cause short-term pain and long-term health problems. Musculoskeletal injuries can result from poor posture, lifting, and other actions that can affect the spine, back, and other parts of your body.
In order to prevent these kinds of injuries, try the following:
Watch your posture
By watching your posture, you can protect your body and prevent injuries. Change your position throughout the day, and be sure to avoid excessive bending, stopping, and reaching. Though your job can be very stressful, try and relax. A buildup of stress can cause your neck and shoulders to become tense, which can result in injuries. Try to reduce the amount of time you spend using ear-to-shoulder neck positioning while on the phone throughout the day.
Watch for repetition
When sitting at a workstation (some Allied health professions require a lot of sitting) or carrying out your daily tasks, it is important to alternate tasks so that you are not continually doing the same action and keeping the same posture. Take breaks to walk and stretch, which help relieve stress in the back, neck, and shoulders.
Practice relaxation techniques
If you work a high-stress job, it is normal for your muscles to tense up. When muscles are tense, they are more susceptible to causing injury. By trying to practice breathing exercises or going for a walk, you can help your muscles loosen up and prevent injuries. Making time for relaxing activities such as a hot bath or shower or doing some yoga after work can help you prevent musculoskeletal injuries.
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