Client Teaching: 6 Ways to Preventing Back Injuries

The back is essential to performing activities and maintaining balance. It is subjected to daily stress of execution and carrying weights. It may also feel strain from little comfort and poor body alignment. Other than that, it is home to the extensive network of nerves that have communication with different parts of the body. Injuring the lower back means a possibility of harming the hips and extremities. Therefore, preventing lower back injuries is one important aspect of nursing care.

Many factors increase an individual’s risk for lower back injuries. Two of the greatest contributors are habitual poor standing and sitting positions which produce lordosis. Exaggerated lumbar curvature because of carrying extra weight on the abdomen is also observed in obese individuals, pregnant, and women who consistently wear high-heeled shoes. Individuals with sedimentary lifestyle are also at risk because of weak back and abdominal muscles.

Here are six back injury prevention guidelines that nurses can teach their clients:

Make Proper Posture a Habit

It is easy to get lost in thousands of daily activities one submerges himself into. As a result, posture, or the body’s position when held upright against gravity, is largely dictated by an individual’s habit or daily routine. Poor posture can be caused by prolonged sitting and/or standing, carrying bag on the same shoulder, and even sleeping. Thus, it is important to be consciously aware of posture and body mechanics.

When standing, head should be held straight with earlobes in line with the middle of the shoulders. Keeping the shoulder blades back and the knees straight should be observed too. In addition, stomach should be tucked in and the pelvis should not be tilt forward or backward. When standing for a prolonged period of time, periodically move the legs and hips. It is also helpful to flex one hip and knee as well as rest one foot on an object.

When sitting, back should be straight and shoulders should be kept back. The buttocks must touch the back of the chair. Knees should be bend at right angles and must be kept higher than the hips. Maintaining the same position for 30 minutes should be avoided. Back support in the form of firm mattress, soft pillows, and lumbar roll can be used to maintain all three normal back curves while present.

Know Lifting Limits

It is important for nurses to educate clients on the guidelines for lifting and the proper technique to do it. As a rule, everyone is advised to avoid lifting objects that are over 51 pounds. When lifting an object, weight must be distributed between the large muscles of the legs and arms. It is also important to note that the acceptable limit of the load held at elbow height is 15 to 25 pounds. Observance of proper body mechanics while manually handling a load greater than 51 pounds will not necessarily prevent back injuries.

When objects to be lifted are over the limit, nurses must encourage clients to use appropriate assistive devices or even ask help from co-workers. For nurses working in the industry and private settings, active participation in purchasing or ordering process is one important responsibility. Lastly, nurses must emphasize to the clients that even the young and strong are not excused to lower back injuries so caution should always be observed.ADVERTISEMENTS

Learn About the Lifting Lifesavers

Proper body mechanics while lifting is important to be learned by heart. It ensures safety, places less stress on the body, and conserves energy.

The individual and his center of gravity must remain close to the object. The base of support should be wide and feet must be position according to the direction of movement one will use to perform the activity. No twisting must be executed when lifting. However, as much as possible, it is better to push, pull, or roll and slide an object instead of lifting it.

Allot Time for Exercise

While exercise aims to improve overall physical condition, it is particularly of importance in keeping the pelvic, abdominal, and spinal muscles strong and adaptive. It can also help regulate weight. For example, low-impact cardiovascular exercises can facilitate optimum blood flow to the spine. As a result, the area is well-nourished and adequately hydrated.

Reduce Risk for Accidents

One of the most effective ways to reduce the chances of slipping, stumbling, and turning the ankle is to wear low-heeled non-skid shoes. It is important that choice of footwear should prioritize comfort and good foot support.

Improve Overall Health Condition

It is no secret that to improve the overall health of the body is to improve the spine. Aside from exercise, some of the conservative measures to improve the body include adequate hydration, moderate alcohol, stopping smoking, and prioritizing restorative sleep.

Millions of people have complaints on their backs. These conditions can usually increase their risk for back injuries. What are the other preventive measures for back injuries that you know of? Add them to this list and share them now for others to be educated! Time to get those backs safe and straight!

How long have you been using Hotmail? Or Outlook? Are you tired of the limitations of these accounts, and do you need more functionality from your email client?

Gmail has been around since 2004, but not everyone has made the move yet – people don’t like change. But there are many reasons you should consider moving to Gmail. It’s no wonder 1.5 billion users have chosen to use Gmail as their primary email client.

Benefits of a Gmail Account

1. It’s free.

2. It has excellent spam filters and keeps your inbox cleaner than any other email client.

3. It has a very generous storage space allowance, 10+ GB of email storage space.

4. You can change your theme and the way your inbox works (i.e.there’s more flexibility than with any other email client).

5. Countless plugins and extensions are available and free to use. These can help you customize your workflow and how you use email.

6. You have the power of Google search functionality right inside your inbox.

7. Easily Accessible – your account can be accessed anywhere where there is internet access.

8. It’s reliable and rarely crashes.

How to Set Up Your New Gmail Account

Step 1. First things first, you need to head over to

Step 2. Click on the button that says “Create Account.”

Step 3. After that, the sign-up form will appear. You’ll need to fill in all the details it requests: first name, last name, a new username, and a new password.

Step 4. Next, you’ll be asked to enter a phone number to verify your account. This is because Google uses a two-step verification process to boost security. You can find out more about two-step verification here.

Step 5. You should now receive a text message with a verification code from Google. If this hasn’t been delivered within a few minutes, you can use the automated call system instead.

Step 6. Once you’ve verified your account, you will see a form that asks for some personal information. This includes a recovery email, your birthday, and your gender. If you’re not comfortable giving these or want to find out why Google is asking for this information, there is plenty of information on offer during the sign up.

Step 7. You now need to accept Google’s Terms of Service and their Privacy Policy – it’s highly recommended that you review both of these in detail before clicking “I Agree.”

Step 8. You should now have your new Gmail account.

How to Open Your New Gmail Account

Step 1. Return to the main Google screen and click the Gmail link.

Step 2. Once you sign in you’ll be brought through the Gmail introductory steps. After the last introductory screen, a popup appears announcing that your new Gmail account is ready to use.

Step 3. Enjoy your new email account and look at ways to level up your Gmail account to get the most from it.

What to Do If Your Username Is Taken

Adding in Periods

Unfortunately, Gmail doesn’t distinguish between variations like brad.pitt, bradpitt and – they are all the same as far as Gmail is concerned.

What you need to do is take parts of your name and be creative with the periods.



Getting Creative

If you have a common name – like John Smith – you need to be even more creative when coming up with a Gmail username that will make sense to your recipients.

  • Do you have a middle name you can use?
  • Do you have a nickname? Although keep that one professional, please!

Register Your Own Domain

If you are using Gmail for business, then this is the ideal thing to do – especially if you have (or are setting up) a website.

Sign up for G Suite. You can do that here.

It’s relatively cheap and will help you send emails that look that bit more polished and professional.

Level up your Gmail Account

With so many benefits, you can see why swapping your Outlook or Hotmail account to Gmail might be a wise move. One of the major benefits of having a Gmail account is the free add-ons or extensions you can add to supercharge your account. Right Inbox is an email productivity extension that brings your emailing to the next level. Right Inbox gives your Gmail added functionality with the following features:

Email Tracking: Find out who reads and clicks your emails, how many times, and when. Real-time insights on who reads your emails and who’s ignoring you.

Email Follow-Ups: Set up follow-ups that automatically send if your prospect doesn’t reply. You can forget to follow up, because Right Inbox won’t.

Email Templates: Turn your most effective emails in templates you can insert and optimize with one click. Save time while adding consistency to your email communication.

How to Sign Out of Your New Gmail Account

By default, Gmail will keep you signed in on your device unless you manually sign out. If you share your device with someone else, or you’re using a public computer, it’s important you sign out of your account every time you’ve finished using Gmail.

Simply closing the tab or shutting down your laptop will not sign you out of your Gmail account.  Here’s all you need to know

1. Go to where you’re logged in.

2. Go to your Google profile icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

3. In the drop-down window, click Sign out or Sign out of all accounts if you have more than one account attached to your profile.

4. You will now be instantly signed out.

Creating a New Gmail Account FAQ section

Can I use two email addresses in one Gmail account?

Yes. Having two or more mailboxes is a great way to keep track of different accounts. For example, you might use one account for your business and one account for your personal email accounts. They also come in handy if you want certain tasks prioritized over others every day, or maybe just one person’s messages that need to be prioritized over all other emails.

Can I delete my Gmail account?

Yes, you can easily delete your Gmail account but just keep in mind that doing so will result in you losing all of the data in your account, including any emails or any documents or pictures stored in your Drive. You’ll also lose access to any purchases you’ve made that are available to you through your Google account.

Can I change my name in Gmail?

Yes. You can change the name that’s linked to your Google email address. However, changing the name on the account does not mean that you’ll get a new username or email address. You’re more or less stuck with whatever email address you choose when you create your Google account, so keep that in mind if you think you might ever want to make a substantial change. Otherwise, changing your Google account name is easy.

Can I change my password in Gmail?

Yes, and it’s highly recommended that you do so every few months or so to keep unauthorized users from gaining access to your account. Whether you’re changing your password for security reasons or you’re simply resetting it because you forgot what it was, changing your Gmail password is a breeze.

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