Fund Your Health by Reducing Low Back Pain (Part 3) by Dr. Lisa Williams

HEALTH PORTFOLIO (H-Portfolio)

Health = Wealth

H-Asset: Spinal Wealth

H-Investment: Proper Lifting Techniques

Low back pain, is one of the most common alignments afflicting mankind and it is the major cause of disability absence in the workplace. Not only does low back pain affect our work life and therefore our family life, but it leaves us with a tremendous economic burden, with an estimated total cost of 100 to 200 billon dollars a year. All jobs could potentially put workers at risk for injury or pain, so having H-Investments in place could prevent issues from occurring. As you plan your H-Retirement, please remember low back pain will increase substantially with age, due to the deterioration of the discs, unless you make a daily H-Contribution.

Ergonomics can address poor posture, repetitive work, poor placement of work surfaces, and other work-related issues. Employers also can be instrumental in assuring the safety and wellness of employees just by incorporating ergonomics in their places of business. The incidence and degree of low back pain in workers may be decreased after participating in an ergonomic program. However, like many H-Investments if you don’t keep up with what you have learned, you can lose all of your gains (Kajiki Izumi et al., 2017). Here is my H=W formula (Health = Wealth): Our spinal wealth should support us now and through all phases of our life. Proper lifting techniques are one way you can build a new you. As a licensed physical therapist, I have shared numerous anecdotal stories on patient improvement using proper lifting techniques to prevent low back pain for many years. When I lift an object for example, I ask myself, is it worth lifting alone? If not, I always get help. This should be your approach too, any time you are lifting objects – start in a safe position, maintain the natural curve of your lower back, let your legs do the work, and avoid twisting.

When I am actively involved in choosing my H-Investments, it becomes easier for me to understand why rebalancing is very important for my short-term and long-term H-Investments. Preventing future illness or further deterioration is an important component of every H-Portfolio. According to the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, preventive services not only save lives, but also save money. Such measures could save nearly two million lives and nearly $4 billion dollars a year! Pay your spine first!

I cannot express the importance of building an H-Portfolio that includes this important H-Investment. This is just one more way to pay your health forward by adding smart H-Investments to your and your family’s H-Portfolio. It is never too early or too late to invest in your health.

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Reference

Kajiki, S., Izumi, H., Hayashida, K., Kusumoto, A., Nagata, T., & Mori, K. (2017). A randomized controlled trial of the effect of participatory ergonomic low back pain training on workplace improvement. J Occup Health. doi:10.1539/joh.16-0244-OA

 

About Lisa’s Fund Your Health Blog

Lisa developed the Fund Your Health Blog to inspire people to achieve their health and wellness goals, by sharing what she has learned throughout her career and from her own personal journey. With Lisa’s relentless pursuit to restore the natural healing process, she reviews specific health assets (H-Assets) and recommends sound health investments (H-Investments) for building health dividends (H-Dividends) that are the key to a healthy lifestyle and will pay off in years to come. Yes, it is all about the H’s in her Health Portfolio. Using her approach will empower you to find your own solutions for a healthy lifestyle.

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About Dr. Lisa Williams

Lisa has developed a business culture of health equals wealth and a core philosophy that bridges the gap between health and wealth using what she calls H-Portfolios (Health Portfolios), which leads to overall health. Lisa’s quest for health answers began nearly 30 years ago, when she needed to start building her own H-Portfolio, and this led her to create a multi-pronged approach to health and wellness, and pursue other areas of medicine and attain her acupuncture license. Lisa has managed several health clinics and consulted in multiple corporate, health and wellness industries and branches of medicine. Her areas of practice and experience have included corporate wellness, fitness, health and beauty, internal medicine, neurology, pain management, pediatrics, rehabilitation, schools, scoliosis management, sports injuries, and weight loss clinics. 

Dr. Lisa Williams is a Health and Wellness Consultant and the founder of Gentle Touch Acupuncture and Gentle Touch Physical Therapy. in New York City. For more information: Contact Dr. Lisa Williams

Disclaimer: This material is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Information on this site is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. Doing anything recommended or suggested on this website/blog must be done at your own risk. 

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