Occupation series 3: Sanitation workers

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

Some of the most necessary jobs are not the most glamorous. One being sanitary work. An injury that many sanitation workers are inflicted with is back pain. Because there is quite a bit of lifting, bending and throwing of heavy cans, the lower back often takes a beating. A major concern for this type of repetitive lifting can lead to spinal damage or a herniated disc.

A herniated disc is when the inner core of the spinal disc slips through the exterior, putting pressure on the nerve along the spine. It can be quite painful and debilitating to the quality of life. Therapeutic massage therapy can reduce chronic pain patterns and help prevent ongoing disc degeneration by facilitating re-hydration of discs and decreasing muscle spasms. Massage is helpful to decrease muscle tension in the area and may reduce compressive loading on the disc. Massage can be an effective adjunct treatment for clients with this condition. Also, to reduce pain, the therapist may use warm or cold massage stones to relax the muscles around the disc, and to allow the therapist to release deeper muscles.

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