Hospitals Are Bad for the Back – Part 1

By · Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Nurses Love Chiropractors!

I dedicate this blog to my dear wife.  In my 10 plus years as a chiropractor I have had the privilege of being the chiropractor for many hospital staff for people in the Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Ontario, Fontana areas.  I have also been the chiropractor for many patients after their hospital stay.

Hospitals are not healthy for the back. I am hear to tell you about the peril of hospitals – whether or not you work at one or a patient of one.  Let’s look at each and discuss how to protect your back.

Today’s discussion is for the floor nurse

If you are doing 3-12’s or 4-10’s, being a floor nurse is really hard on the body.  Just think about your working conditions – hard floor, long hours, heavy patients, etc.  (its even worse when you try to pick up another shift)  When you combined those conditions and then do it for 3 plus years, your spine will pay the price.  It is vital that you take care of your body.  Here’s that I suggest.

Get-in or Keep-in Shape.  Unfortunately, many nurses are out of shape.  Extra pounds simply compounds the problem.  Weak unused muscle make them vulnerable to injury.  If you work at a hospital in any capacity you want to be exercising.  Plus, exercise also increases your immune system.

Warm-up.  You job is a physical one.  You definitely want to warm and loosen up before you hit the ground running.

Get consistent body care.  Lets face it, as a nurse you beat your body up, however, you need to take care of it equally.  Its like a car; If you drive it hard and put more miles on it, you need your tune-ups more often.  I recommend using a chiropractor and a massage therapist.  Both provide fantastic support for your body.

Nutrition.  If you are a nurse I don’t need to tell you about all the food that you have available to you at the nursing station – someone is always bringing in food.  This is probably why so many nurses are overweight.  Eat well and be sure to take a vitamin supplement.

These are things that you should already know, but they serve as a nice reminder.

Next time I’ll discuss how the soon to be patient can protect their back from the peril of a hospital.


Troy Don, DC QME


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