Yourwellness Magazine Considers Ways to Reduce Back Pain

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With the University of Sydney holding a series of lectures on back pain, Yourwellness Magazine looked at ways to reduce back pain at work.

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The University of Sydney will hold a series of medicine lectures every week until the 27th of November, highlighting the latest research and care advice for back pain, News Medical reported October 1st. The article, “University of Sydney to host series of medicine lectures on back pain,” quoted Professor Chris Maher (Director of the Musculoskeletal Division at University-affiliate The George Institute for Global Health) who will discuss the best care for back pain, which calls for a much simpler approach than is currently used. Professor Maher commented, ‘Undoubtedly we waste lots of money on unnecessary treatments and tests for back pain…A concern is that, without improvements in the understanding and treatment of back pain, the costs will continue to rise.’ (

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine looked into ways to fight back pain at work. According to Yourwellness Magazine, ‘You probably won’t be that surprised that sitting for lengthy periods of time at a desk can cause the body to move awkwardly, and that this physical stress can result in prolonged injuries that can make workplace activities painful and challenging… Fortunately, the good news is that back strain and pain can be avoided if those prone to back-problems undertake their work tasks and responsibilities in a particular way.’ (

Yourwellness Magazine outlined three set rules, given by president of Future Industries Technologies Dennis Downing, who believes there should be a radical re-think about how people treat their backs in the work-place. He gave Yourwellness Magazine these rules to ensure correct posture is maintained and that back strain is avoided:

1. Limit the strain on the back when lifting something by ensuring that the object is close to the body.

2. When lifting something, allow the legs to take the strain and keep the head in a neutral position instead of bending down.

3. Keeping the nose in a position that is at a mid-point between the feet can help to avoid twisting the body when lifting objects.

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