Did you know that as a nurse, you have a higher chance of having back issues? Then when you think about it, this makes sense. With all the bending over to get stats on the patient and checking their IV pumps, etc. as well as the moving of patients for the various reasons. Here are some tips we have heard over the years on best ways to avoid major back issues.
When a patient needs to be lifted or moved, don’t do it alone. Two nurses are better than one in this sort of situation. Also, if there is a mechanical lift, take advantage of it!
If you must do it alone make sure you follow these tips: Keep your back straight, try not to bend & twist at the same time and to carry the weight in your thighs & calf muscles rather than your lower back.
To strengthen your back muscles, take up some yoga! Doing some of the traditional positions can stretch and strengthen your back muscles. If you are feeling a bit sore, do one of these positions and it can bring you relief pretty quickly!
Bridge Pose: Lie on your back and bring your feet close to your bottom (knees will be at a 45 degree angle). With your arms at your side flex your butt muscles and lift your butt into the air to make a straight line from your knees to your chest.
Child's Pose: Kneel on the ground and sit on your heels. Align your knees to be should width apart. Extend your arms in front of your head. Lean forward until your head touches the ground (or as far as you are comfortable going). Your chest will be right above your legs. Stretch for about 20-30 seconds then slowly go back up to the sitting position.