Prevention is the Solution:Postural Hygiene

27 May 2022

Prevention is the Solution

Postural Hygiene


MSDs (musculoskeletal disorders) have a multifactorial origin, so in addition to suggesting a medical examination to establish the critical issues of your skeletal structure, it is advisable to keep them in mind when choosing clothing such as safety shoes, generic shoes. It is also essential to perform the correct movements during the course of your work.


What is postural hygiene? These are parameters to be followed during the different postures both sitting and standing.

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Correct sitting and standing posture Correct posture during sleep Lifting weights the right way Perform physical activity to maintain good postural hygiene
Try to change position from seducers at least once every 30 minutes. Keep head and trunk aligned. The position of the head downwards or upwards carries excessive weight on the spine . In front of the computer, place the monitor at eye level. Choose a wide keyboard. Bring rest glasses. Use a chair that allows you to sit comfortably with your back and your feet on the ground. Those with armrests are preferable It is preferable to sleep on the side or in a supine position, as well as to use only one pillow, neither too high nor too low. As when you are standing, you should align your head with the trunk, do not put your hands under the nape of the neck or lie on your belly. In the case of a backpack or other load on the back, distribute the weight between the two shoulders or upper limbs. To lift a weight resting on the floor, lower yourself by bending your knees and do not lean forward. Use a platform or ladder to retrieve weights that are above shoulder height . Keep the load close to the body. Assume the right position, that is, with the spine aligned and an equal distribution of weights It is suggested to carry out aerobic physical activity several times a week. It is especially recommended to walk, run, swim and ride a bike. Physical activity, along with stretching exercises for muscles, is ideal for combating the sedentary lifestyle.
Also at work it is advisable to keep active when possible. Better to walk to work and, once home, we can stay on the move while talking on the phone




In Italy almost 25% of the population suffers from back pain and the percentage increases with increasing age, reaching even 80% of the elderly.
According to Inail data of 2013, out of 700,000 accidents, 25,760 affected the lumbar spine with a permanent damage recognized in 1470 cases
Back pain is therefore a significant problem also for the high social costs deriving from the functional limitation and the consequent repercussions on the NHS, on the production activity and in particular on the Inail.


Impact on work


If in 2013 musculoskeletal disorders accounted for less than 40% of the total reported occupational diseases, their share rose to almost 70% in 2019.

The construction sector  in Europe employs around 11.2 million workers. Among diseases of occupational origin, the incidence of musculoskeletal disorders is very high, especially for back pain, muscle problems in the neck and shoulder region.




Protect yourself, start from the…shoes!

The correlation between wrong shoes and back pain is undeniable: to avoid incorrect postural attitudes that can cause painful discomfort over time, it is good to follow some precautions that will make your footwear more comfortable.



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