3 Ways Auto Mechanics Can Decrease Their Back Pain
An auto mechanic is consistently named as one of the top careers that cause back pain. With all of the lifting, bending and twisting required as part of the daily job, back pain can seem inevitable for anyone working in the industry. However, before you seek advanced pain management treatments, consider changing up your routine and focusing on protecting your back more. Here are three tips for auto mechanics to incorporate to decrease their back pain.
Stretch First Thing In The Morning
Doing simple lower back stretches before and during the work day, or before you punch the time clock, will help loosen up the back and make it more flexible. You can stretch by lying on your back and pulling the knees to the chest, standing up and bending over to touch the toes and many more. Depending on whether you currently are experiencing back pain or not, you should speak with a medical professional to determine which lower back stretches will be most effective for you.
Lift With Your Legs, Not Your Back
You likely lift very heavy items throughout the day as an auto mechanic. When you’re in a hurry trying to take care of customers, it’s easy to grab something heavy and try to lift it with your back. This can make you seek treatments for back pain quickly, since it doesn’t take much to tweak a muscle and create a significant amount of pain. Take the time to focus on your lifting technique. Bend your knees and lift the item with your legs, rather than putting a strain on the back. Once you get used to doing it this way, it will become natural and you’ll be protecting your back in the process.
Take Breaks and Practice Good Posture
Auto mechanics spend a lot of time with their back hunched over an engine, or lying on the ground in awkward positions. A good practice is to make sure your body is as close as possible to the part of the vehicle you’re working on at the time. The more you have to stretch out your arms, the more strain you’re putting on the back. And always be conscious about doing simple lower back exercises throughout the day just to keep it stretched out.
DBC Active Spine Care® has helped many auto mechanics have healthy backs, which helps them do their job more efficiently and effectively. Plus, their quality of life outside of work is better because they are living pain-free. The secret is in our spine adaptive restoration program, which is beneficial for anyone. To learn more about this advanced pain management program and how it can apply to you, contact us today.