At Work

Its perfectly safe to work with back pain. However, many people spend 8 hours a day at work so it’s important that we are fit and conditioned for the role we do. During an episode of back pain, it’s normal to protect yourself by moving more cautiously and doing less, but it’s important that these protective strategies are only short lived and you get back to moving well with confidence again.

  • If you have a job that involves lifting, then it’s important your back is fit to do it. It’s sensible to only lift loads that your used to and confident to lift.
  • If you’ve had a long-time off work, or off lifting, then you should slowly build your lifting fitness over a few weeks. At work this is often called ‘light duties’, ask your employer to help with this.
  • Often workplaces have equipment to help make manual handling more comfortable, you should be trained and confident to know how to use it.
  • Often when we’ve had an episode of back pain, we lose confidence in using our back. If this is the case then get help of a professional to guide you to get confident and trust loading the back again.
  • If you work in a static job, seated or standing, make sure your work set-up is comfortable for you.There is no ‘correct’ posture or set up, and you can play with different set-ups to find the most comfortable.
  • Sometimes we have to spend long periods of time sitting down. Sitting is not bad for you, as long as you are active and moving regularly, as part of an overall health plan.