Women Have More Back Pain
Back pain is a big problem for woman all over the world. A
third of the average sixteen to twenty four year old female has
already had some back pain. Women who are between
forty-five and sixty-five --- at least fifty percent have
suffered some back pain.
There are more women then men who suffer from pain in their
backs and the pain they have is worse and lasts longer then
that of their male counterparts. Yes I know that men will
disagree with that statement.
With men, their backaches are more often caused by an injury
and they then receive professional medical treatment and
With a woman, their pain comes from the things they must
deal with everyday of their lives and they rarely see a
physician. And if they do see medical help, most often they do
not have the time or resources to follow the healing
Women can have back pain caused by many sources. The most
common are from things they do at home like lifting, gardening
and vacuuming. Periods can be a trigger for back pain.
Pregnancy is frequently a back pain issue with up to sixty
percent of all pregnant women having some back pain especially
during the last trimester.
Woman are also more likely to get hurt on the job especially
as they more often work in health care services, retailing,
hotel and catering.
A huge number of nurses hurt their backs every year; nearly
five percent of them will be unable to return to nursing.
Back injuries cause more workdays to be missed by woman in a
single year than any other problem. One of the reasons for this
is the type of jobs woman have. Many of them are high-risk
vocations because the job involves repetitive motion or
pulling, pushing or lifting.
Examples of the kind of jobs that put
woman at risk for back pain include factory workers, cashiers,
telephone operators and data entry workers. So are bank
tellers, who stand all day, and teachers or care givers of
small children. Women often have to deal with the sudden twist
or strain on the back because of falling children, improperly
placed equipment on a desk or lifting heavy objects
Then these hard working woman come home and must prepare
meals, clean house, feed the baby, do the laundry and the
remainder of the household jobs. So many of these jobs
include bending, lifting, standing and twisting. All prime risk
factors for back pain, as is breastfeeding, leaning over a crib
and picking up children of any size.
Even when a woman wants to dress up she is at risk for back
problems. Those heels she loves so much can increase the pain
in her back. Tight clothes affect ease of movement. Even a
woman’s bust can be a back pain issue. Too large and the weight
is hard on her back.
Women cannot stop all the things they do just to try to
prevent back pain. Children need their mothers and the things
they do for them. The jobs women have outside the home
are necessary for the income. There’s no easy solution for the
hard working women of the world.
To avoid back pain and injury,
- learn to lift properly using the legs to take the
weight and not the back.
- Always squat down to pick up a child.
- Lose that extra weight.
- Consider buying a different mattress for more support
and a better nights sleep.
- If you do have a job that allows you to sit -- check
your chair, is it the right height with good back
- Rearrange your desk so that you do not have to twist
and reach to get the items you need.
- Rearrange your kitchen - put heavy dishes in a mid body
range storage area so that you do not have to reach up or
- When moving furniture, get help. Yes I know you
can do it, but at what cost.
- Get in the habit of sucking in your stomach. Those
muscles come from the back and just that simple exercise
will strengthen your back. This is particularly difficult
for women whose jobs require they stand for hours on end.
However, if you build up those back muscles by pulling in
your stomach, your job will not be the source of your back
pain. Just watch how you do your lifting and twisting.
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