First Move principles teach us how to use our bodies safely and effectively to avoid physical strain and injury.
These principles apply in all aspects of our lives be it work, home, sport and recreation. This article builds on the practice principle from last month. We discussed how important practice is to change a habit.
It’s a fact that many manual handling training programmes have failed to make a long-term impact in reducing strain-sprain injuries. The result is the overwhelming consensus that training is ineffective.
They frequently hurt in the neck and arms, too. And in the back pocket.
Despite the raft of health and safety codes, the manual handling and the computer screen guidelines, workers’ sprain and strain injuries continue to cost New Zealand businesses millions of dollars a year.
So why is it that one bloke injures his back in the loading bay while his nine workmates are fine?
Love rugby or loathe it, there will be no avoiding this year’s biggest sporting extravaganza. Some of you will watch it live, others will try to avoid seeing it on TV, some of you will rent your homes for thousands of dollars a week, while others wonder what to do with the children and their extra ‘world cup’ school holidays.
Regardless of our attitude to the sport, we are all aware of the hard training those players undertake to ensure peak physical performance and stave off injury. Before the cup, they will be evaluating, practising, fine tuning and practising some more.
Recent history tells us traditional injury prevention training doesn’t work, and injuries continue even after ‘external experts’ have come in to fix the problem.
So why continue putting time and valuable resources into something that doesn’t work?
After all, one definition of insanity is repeatedly making the same mistake and always expecting a different outcome.
The truth is, training has been given a bad ‘rap’. Just because training to date hasn’t worked it doesn’t mean training itself is ineffective. But if you want the outcome to be different, you need to change the input.
Then think of your workplace like a golf game. Start working on correct physical movement and practice…
Whether you’re driving off a tee or lifting a heavy box, good technique is essential. Repeat either of these activities incorrectly enough times and you’ll likely wind up with pain, injury, ineffectiveness and inefficiency. And in the case of golf – anguish and misery!!!
Work-related muscular skeletal injuries are a persistent cost for businesses and individuals.
Our bodies function best with regular movement, varied postures and periods of rest. However, modern working environments generally don’t allow us to move in this way. Many jobs place unnatural, repetitive physical demands on the body - forklift drivers, construction teams and process line workers for instance.
If we can’t correctly adapt our movement to our environment - ongoing discomfort, injuries and long-term physical problems can start to occur.
Health and safety officers have long peddled sitting up straight – with your wrists, elbows, hips and knees at 90-degree angles – as the optimal way to avoid overuse and other strain related injuries.
First Move Office is a new injury-prevention programme debunking this postural myth. It empowers employees to take control of their workplace wellbeing and avoid the aches and pains that come with sedentary work.
The principles of safe movement don’t just apply to the workplace. When we do training sessions, we so often hear people say that what they’re learning about safe movement would benefit their partners who have young children at home.
We’ve put together a comprehensive eBook with tips for mums on how to move safely when caring for children and doing work around the house – it’s great for dads too!
Shoulder and neck injuries while walking the dog are surprisingly common. Your dog may be very well behaved but if it sees a cat across the road – all your obedience training probably won’t stop it taking off suddenly – causing a strong pulling/jarring force on your neck, shoulder and arm.