Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

August 19, 2013

Buddha & The Boot

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My trip to Texas last week was an opportunity to watch the body language of baggage handlers, mostly the courtesy car folks.

Awkward, frequent and (sometimes) heavy. Those are what ergonomists look for when assessing workplace risk for back pain injury. Baggage handlers get a fair dose of all three, with ‘watch out for your head’, get up and down stairs (while watching out for the sidewalk), not to mention the radio, the parking brake, and carrying on a steady stream of banter with passengers thrown in.

My first driver had trouble getting up out of his seat. I thought at first that he had trouble with his balance because he was stopping the vehicle, shifting into Park, and trying to get up all at once. He said it was his arthritis that had come on “suddenly” over the past few months. So we talked about that since it wasn’t really my place to talk with him about the basic body mechanics of bending over and lifting luggage: that’s his bosses job.

Anywhere else a ceramic cowboy boot next to a Buddha might seem a little odd. Not in Texas apparently:-)

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