Neck pain is a common issue for many workers. It can affect everyone from office workers to front line nurses to construction workers. According to researchers, musculoskeletal disorders such as neck and back pain are among the most common reasons for sick-leave and disability in many industrialized countries.
Given that neck pain is so widespread across so many industries, it is an essential issue for employers to consider. Workers who suffer from neck pain are more likely to be absent from work and, if they can work, could be distracted by pain and have it affect their performance.
In this article we will look at some of the ways that employers can help reduce the incidence of neck pain for their employees.
Workers who have stressful jobs they take home with them, or stresses at home are of a higher risk for neck and back pain.
This risk includes workers who care for elderly or sick loved ones at home, new parents who may not be sleeping well or those with marital difficulties. Employees who are under stress are more likely to call in sick.
Employers can help their employees deal with work-life balance issues by not setting expectations that workers will be on call 24/7.
They can also encourage their workers to turn off their phones after hours, encourage self-care or find support through other agencies or safety programs in Toronto.
Posture can affect your body through more than just a chin jut or slouch. Overtime, bad posture can increase existing neck pain and eventually cause serious damage.
Encourage workers to use an ergonomic chair and set up that allows them to work with their feet flat on the floor and back straight. Computer screens should be positioned at eye level.
You can also remind workers to take frequent movement breaks or go for a walk during their lunch break. Regular movement can help with circulation and tight muscles and improve neck and back pain.
Any kind of repetitive movement, such as working on an assembly line, typing and using a mouse all day can lead to wear on muscles. When repetitive movement is combined with bad posture and poor muscle alignment it can lead to injuries.
Remind your employees of the importance of good posture and working in alignment. Be sure work stations are set up in an optimal way and fit the size and shape or all workers.
Neck pain can often lead to headaches and migraines. Migraines are severe headaches that can sometimes come with vomiting, nausea or sensitivity to light, sound and smell. They are usually brought on by stress, hormone changes, change in pressure or fatigue.
It is important to understand the difference between a migraine and a stroke. They have similar symptoms, but while a migraine is very unpleasant the effects are temporary, while a stroke can do serious permanent brain damage.
Employers wanting to help workers who experience headaches due to neck pain could offer healthcare benefits that include physiotherapy or massage treatments.
When your workers feel their best, they work their best. With these tips you can help your employees and your business thrive.