Many Photographers can relate to the excitement at the end of a long photo session. The moment when you know you can kick up your feet and relax your sore neck, shoulder and back.
Being a photographer requires strength, flexibility, speed and endurance. This sounds a lot like an athlete as we can't forget the calories that are being burned while working. From prolonged squatting to shifting of the body in various angles to carrying heavy equipment, back health is very important. Below is information from Unity Care for Life By: Mr Teong Kar Loon, Pharmacist at Unity 100 AM
Back pain is one of the most common ailments in photographers. Almost all photographers will experience it at some point in their lives. Back and neck pain are commonly caused by muscle and ligament strains. The risk factors that can injure back muscles and ligaments include:
- poor posture
- weak muscles
- heavy lifting and bending
- sitting for long periods, especially in poorly designed work areas
- poor mobility or staying in one position for long periods
- being overweight
We are all familiar with the saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It is very important to know how to position your back properly. Always keep your back straight, sit, walk and stand with balanced and relaxed posture. All these techniques can help to relieve and prevent back injuries.
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