Tips and Advice
Physiotherapist Per Normark has extensive experience of diagnosing and treating all type of work-related disorders. He has also worked closely with various forms of elite sports. The following are tips from Per about simple, preventive exercises that forestry machine operators can do both inside and outside the machine.
Frequently asked questions
Per: A little is much better than nothing at all. As little as 10 minutes is good. The idea is to stimulate blood circulation in the subjected parts of the body.
How important is exercise during my time off?
Per: Very important. It's clinically proven that exercise prevents strain injuries. Studies show that physical activity to a certain extent functions as treatment for pain in the joints and muscles, for example. Moreover, you'll have more energy both at work and at home.
Per: The opportunities for variation have major significance because it's mainly the lack of variety that causes problems. It can be a matter of everything from taking micro-breaks, stretching and standing up, to regularly changing the adjustments for the seat, armrests, hand controller, etc.
What kind of exercise is most effective for the back and neck?
Per: Stability exercise – exercising the back and stomach. By for example, doing normal sit-ups and gaining strength in the trunk, stress on the back and neck is effectively relieved.