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The working world can do a lot to your body. It can skyrocket your stress levels to the stratosphere, it can wreak havoc on your feet and ankles, and most of all, it can do your back in. If you’re someone working in manual labor, or you’re someone who’s got a job standing behind a counter for most of the day, you’re definitely going to be feeling aches and pains back there more often than not these days.
Even when you’re working a desk job, and you’re sitting for most of the day, your back can suffer through a lot. It’s important to keep up with the state your back is in, and what exactly might be happening to it as you make a living. Here are two common back problem symptoms that might occur because of work related generalities…
Strained Your Muscles
A lot of the ways we move and use our backs can strain the muscles we have back there. Twisting the wrong way, bending down too far while trying to lift something heavy, overstretching to reach something on the top shelf of the store room – these are all very common work occurrences. They can make some serious aches and pains ping down our spines. The best way to treat these is through stretching, and continuing to move, to make sure your back doesn’t weaken under any more pressure, even from the bed you’re resting in!
Sitting incorrectly is another guilty party for straining the muscles in your back. If you slouch a lot when at your desk, or you hunch your shoulders as you use a keyboard, you might well be crunching your bones and muscles together a bit more than they’re used to. That can make muscles feel really weak and stiff when you get up again – you might need to visit a masseuse to get rid of the lumps and knots that will form as a result.
Caused Numbness in Your Legs
Hopefully, a working injury is nothing serious and nothing you need to worry too much about if you have already had it checked out. But sometimes, when a problem persists for too long, or it’s so bad it often stops you from working, you need to book yourself in to see a back specialist. After all, you want to be able to keep on working, and you definitely want to be comfortable as you do so.
If you’ve been feeling a bit of numbness in your lower back or spinal region, or down one of your legs, there’s a chance you might be suffering from sciatica, or a slipped disk somewhere in your spine. Anything could have pushed that disk out, and anything could have trapped that major nerve – either way, seeing someone about it will put the problem to bed as soon as possible. You might need to take time off work, and it’s always better to have a doctor’s note on side to make sure you get the rest period you need. (Side note: I had to have surgery because of this and was out of commission for about 8 weeks. It was scary to go through but am so thankful to be able to feel my foot again! Read a little more about it here.)
Working can do damage to your body in general, but most of all, it can affect your back. Be sure to take care when you are lifting, reaching, or turning to do your best to not strain your muscles. Also remember that posture is so important for back health. And lastly, see a doctor as soon as possible if you are having any symptoms that your back is in trouble.