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Long Work Hours Linked to Musculoskeletal Back Pain

Using data from the Fourth Korean Working Conditions Survey involving nearly 25,000 workers, researchers report that working over 40 hours a week is associated with up to a 40% increased risk for pain in men and up to a 66% elevated risk for pain in women. To learn more visit this link
Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, December 2018

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The Weather’s Not to Blame For Your Aches and Pains

New research from The George Institute for Global Health has revealed the weather plays no part in the symptoms associated with either back pain or osteoarthritis.

It’s long been thought episodes of both back pain and arthritis can be triggered by changes in the weather, including temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation.

Professor Chris Maher, of The George Institute for Global Health, said: “The belief that pain and inclement weather are linked dates back to Roman times. But our research suggests this belief may be based on the fact that people recall events that confirm their pre-existing views.

“Human beings are very susceptible so it’s easy to see why we might only take note of pain on the days when it’s cold and rainy outside, but discount the days when they have symptoms but the weather is mild and sunny.”

Almost 1000 people with lower back pain, and around 350 with knee osteoarthritis were recruited for the Australian-based studies. Weather data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology were sourced for the duration of the study period. Researchers compared the weather at the time patients first noticed pain with weather conditions one week and one month before the onset of pain as a control measure.

Results showed no association between back pain and temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction or precipitation. However, higher temperatures did slightly increase the chances of lower back pain, but the amount of the increase was not clinically important.

The findings reinforce earlier research on back pain and inclement weather from The George Institute which received widespread criticism from the public on social media.

Professor Maher, who led the back pain study, added: “People were adamant that adverse weather conditions worsened their symptoms so we decided to go ahead with a new study based on data from new patients with both lower back pain and osteoarthritis. The results though were almost exactly the same – there is absolutely no link between pain and the weather in these conditions.”

Back pain affects up to a third of the world’s population at any one time, whilst almost 10 per cent of men and 18 percent of women over the age of 60 have osteoarthritis.

Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira, who led the osteoarthritis research at The George Institute, said: “People who suffer from either of these conditions should not focus on the weather as it does not have an important influence on your symptoms and it is outside your control.”

A/Prof Ferreira, Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute and at the Institute of Bone and Joint Research, added: “What’s more important is to focus on things you can control in regards to managing pain and prevention.”

The studies were carried out across Australia with average daily temperatures ranging from 5.4C to 32.8C.

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Article: Acute Low Back Pain? Do Not Blame the Weather – A Case-Crossover Study, Keira Beilken BPhty, Mark J. Hancock PhD, Chris G. Maher PhD, Qiang Li MBiostats, Daniel Steffens PhD, Pain Medicine, doi: 10.1093/pm/pnw126, published online 15 December 2016.

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Sitting Down All Day Can Be a Pain the Butt

You may have heard of the recent trend of standing desks. They’re elevated desks so you are on your feet while at your computer working. But, if you don’t have a standing desk you’re probably sitting at one while reading this email. Sedentary work habits are causing many of us to suffer back pain.

 

Here is some solid advice in preventing back pain if you work sitting down in an office all day.

 

  • First is getting up out of your chair and do some light stretching every 30 minutes. It doesn’t have to be a lot.
  • Next is to fidget, shifting around in your chair helps alleviate pressure on your joints.
  • Take your phone calls standing up. It will also improve your posture making you sound more confident over the phone. (Extra benefit)
  • Drink lots of water, staying hydrated helps with concentration and productivity. It also gets you moving to the bathroom when you gotta go.

 

Those are just some of the ways you can combat back pain because sitting down all day can damage your joints and muscles.

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Back Pain And Running – 8 Thing You Should Know

Have you ever noticed every time you go running, you have lower back pain either during or after the run? If so, you may be wondering if you should quit running, find an alternative sport, or simply stop all activity and adopt a sedentary lifestyle. If you love the benefits of running and want to continue, is there anything you can do to make running tolerable? First, NEVER stop doing activity and adopt a sedentary lifestyle – it will start a slow decline with an unhappy ending! So, let’s see if we can make running work for you!

  1. STRETCH: In general, stretching helps “warm up” your muscles and joints and can prevent the low back from hurting during or after your run. In past articles, we’ve reviewed simple stretches, even some that can be done from a sitting position (when you’re in a hurry). Yoga-based exercises are also excellent!
  2. FOOT STRIKE: The “proper” gait or method your feet hit the ground is very important! To avoid low back injuries (not to mention foot, ankle, knee, or hip injuries), run SMOOTHLY so the heel strike is gliding/glancing vs. a hard vertical load. The foot then “ROLLS” from heel to toe, first on the outside of the foot and then shifts to the inside during which time the arch flattens out, getting ready to “spring” you forward. The heel then lifts up and you push off the ball of the foot and big toe.
  3. RUNNING POSTURE: Lean forwards when you run – DON’T run vertically like a Po-Go stick! By doing this, your momentum move you forward – NOT downwards into the pavement (like a “jack hammer”)!
  4. CORE STRENGTHENING: By keeping your “core” (midsection) strong, your back is more supported and less likely to become injured. Core exercises include pelvic tilts, the “dead-bug”, bridges, prone swimmers, lunges, squats, sit-ups, arch-ups, side bridges, 4-point kneeling/opposite arm/leg, and many others. These can be done on the floor and/or with a gym ball. Balance exercises are also very important!
  5. RELAX: Have you ever noticed when some people run, they just look “tight” and uncomfortable. RELAX – don’t shrug your shoulders up to your ears. Let your arms hang down bent at your sides. Don’t clench your teeth or make a fist – RELAX!!!
  6. PADDED INSOLES: There are many brands of padded insoles – try some and see how they work for you.
  7. RUNNING SHOES: The key here is TRY THEM ON and walk around inside the store. There are a lot of good supportive shoes so just find a brand that works for you!
  8. FLAT FEET: This is common and NOT a reason to stop running. Ask your Osteopath about foot orthotics and the function and importance of the arches
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