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Occupations that involve a lot of lifting and turning can often cause people to have slipped disk problems where the disk between the bones bulges and presses on the nerves. The best position for relief when your back is hurt is lying down on your back on the floor with pillows under your knees.

The following steps can be used to prevent back strain at work:


• Don't lift by bending over. Lift an object by bending your hips and knees and then squatting to pick up the object. Keep your back straight and hold the object close to your body. Avoid twisting your body while lifting.
• Push rather than pull when you must move heavy objects.
• If you must sit at your desk or at the wheel of a car or truck for long hours, break up the time with stops to stretch.
• Wear flat shoes or shoes with low heels (1 inch or lower).
• Exercise regularly. An inactive lifestyle contributes to lower back pain.


What's the best way to sit?

Many people spend most of their working lives sitting in a desk or computer chair. When at work however there are a few methods that can be applied to reduce the risk of back strains these include:

• Sit in chairs with straight backs or low-back support. Keep your knees a little higher than your hips. Adjust the seat or use a low stool to prop your feet on. Turn by moving your whole body rather than by twisting at your waist.

• When driving, sit straight and move the seat forward. This helps you to not lean forward to reach the controls. You may want to put a small pillow or rolled towel behind your lower back if you must drive or sit for a long time.

• If you must stand for long periods, rest 1 foot on a low stool to relieve pressure on your lower back. Every 5 to 15 minutes, switch the foot you're resting on the stool. Maintain good posture: Keep your ears, shoulders and hips in a straight line, with your head up and your stomach pulled in.

The best way to sleep is on your side with your knees bent. You may put a pillow under your head to support your neck. You may also put a pillow between your knees.

If you sleep on your back, put pillows under your knees and a small pillow under your lower back. Don't sleep on your stomach unless you put a pillow under your hips.


Use a firm mattress. If your mattress is too soft, use a board of 1/2-inch plywood under the mattress to add support


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