Work can often be repetitive, which can result in back and shoulder pain. The lower back in particular takes a beating if you spend your day sitting down. Hands and arms are also subject to strain if you are using levers several hours a day. Too much vibration inside the cabin can also be a source of tiredness in muscles and ligaments.
What can you do about it? Here are some useful tips!
1. Take a five-minute break every hour, just to stretch your legs. Take a walk around the machine, and see it as an opportunity to check that all your equipment is in order.
2. Wave your arms slowly every five or ten minutes – it helps loosen up your joints and get synovial fluid flowing.
3. Make sure your seat or chairhas armrests, and check they are in the right position.
4. Sitting on a soft ergonomicpillow can sometimes do miracles. Or put it behind your lower back. Experiment!
5. In your spare time, exercising with a rowing machine is highly recommended. It gives your shoulders, arms and back – in fact your whole body – a real workout.
Source: Henrik Andersson, massage therapist
The article originally appeared on Hiability magazine #1.2016