How to Stop Nurse CLBP With Mind-Body Exercises
Chronic low back pain (CLBP) among nurses is a growing health concern. According to the American Nurse Association, 52 percent of nurses report experiencing chronic back pain.  How to stop nurse CLBP with mind-body exercises is something I’ve been thinking about ever since I had a conversation with a nurse friend of mind who injured her back pulling a patient back up who was leaning out of a bed. First a few facts you should know.
Nursing is the fifth largest occupation in the United States (U.S.) and ranks as the largest of the healthcare professions. 
Since back problems in nurses are so prevalent, if you are a nurse you may wonder what the options are for treatment other than surgery. As one noted doctor puts it :
“In the end, no matter what type of back specialist you choose, be sure to choose one that is dedicated to conservative measures first. From stretching to adjustments to decompression therapy, the solution for back pain isn’t always spinal fusion surgery. In fact, it very rarely is the answer.” 
As one registered nurse puts it:
“…more and more working nurses (both shift workers and non) are finding there is a need to engage in some form of mind-body practice in the workplace. Calming the mind and rejuvenating the body is highly effective practice, can enhance the work experience, and may prevent burnout in the long run. After all, when work stress takes its toll on the mental self, it begins to undoubtedly affect the physical body as well.” 
Yoga and Tai chi are two increasingly popular mind-body exercises that show promise for the management or treatment of low back pain. Yoga aims to improve physical and emotional balance through the use of postures and breathing techniques. Tai chi, a practice based on slow intentional movements, often coordinated with breathing and imagery, aims to strengthen and relax the physical body and mind 
This is How The Mind -Body Exercise of Yoga Stops CLBP
Even if you’re not a nurse, the video below will show you how to regroup and recharge your spirit and body as necessary for your sanity.
LBP has been associated with weakness in the lower extremities, and several studies have shown that Yoga can increase muscular strength and joint flexibility among patients with low back pain 
Mind-Body Exercise of Yoga Stops CLBP by Reducing Stress
Consider this account from a nurse who felt the stress of the job.
“ I was a nurse. I liked caring for people, and I felt proud to do the job. But it was also an extremely stressful job, I was constantly extremely anxious with the pressure. What if I make a medical mistake? what it my patient dies? what if… It’s well know that nurses are very busy with lots of patients and work to do… The stress of the responsibility and constant worry over how many patients I had, and whether I could get all my work done in time, whether iI might make a mistake… it was destroying me.”—Nurse From On The Job Stress Forum
Two published studies evaluating eight-week interventions of yoga exercises among nurses with stress. Results showed that nurses had significantly lower levels of stress and significantly increased confidence in their ability to cope at treatment conclusion (8 weeks) and long-term follow-up (12 months). 
Mind-Body Exercise of Tai chi Stops CLBP by Improving Core Strength
Lets be real. Because of the constant crazy schedule, some nurses may step outside during their break to consume loads of junk food, and that may result in unhealthy weight gain and a weak core. Tai chi is effective in improving core strength because the core area of the back plays an important role in supporting most of the movements. A strong core means less load on the spine and less chance of back pain.
Nurses are like shock absorbers. They absorb the entire negative aura from the environment and from the people in the work place. 
The Faces of The Nurses
This would be an incomplete post if I didn’t acknowledge the busy and unusual work schedules of nurses. As one nurse states, “You may be asking yourself, how can I ever practice yoga when call lights are beeping, doctors are calling on the phone, and families and patients are restless for answers?” Well, what if on yoga and /or tai chi was at the worksite? This would be a perfect integration of physical health and emotional wellness. While you certainly have learned a lot about nurses and mind-body exercises to stop back pain. We’ve only really just scratched the surface when it comes to the larger issue of nurses and CLBP. And that’s why I’d like to conclude by pointing out a resource you can use to help you get a very comprehensive view of this topic. Thanks for checking in.
If you want to learn more about nurses and CLBP at the job, then you’ll want to read http://www.nhnurses.org/documents/announcement-flyers/alert.pdf
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