Stretching on your Nursing Shift
Power stretches for nurses to do on their nursing shift
Nursing aids, orderlies, and attendants had more than seven times the average rate of musculoskeletal disorders across all industries. That’s more injuries than construction workers, laborers and freight, stock and material movers.
Lifting patients, transferring and repositioning them in very awkward postures creates these injuries. Of course, there are rules for safe patient handling. But, why not be proactive? Try these stretches to do on your nursing shift.
Stretching on your shift has a lot of positive benefits. It makes you more mobile and flexible, strengthens your muscles and ligaments, and can prevent injuries. So, pop into the breakroom and give your muscles a ten-minute workout.
Get that spine moving
Back pain is a tricky thing. Often the pain is localized in one area, but the source of the problem is somewhere else. Moving the spine around stretches all your back muscles, and strengthens your spinal musculature.
Stand with your feet hip length apart. Bend forwards, and slowly curl back up to a standing position. Next, bend backwards, stretching your arms above your head. Finally, turn your torso from side to side.
Continue this sequence for a few minutes. Do not overextend your back – you don’t have to go too far in any direction to get a good stretch.
Stretch your lower back
Sit in a chair and pull your knees up to your chest. You should feel this in your lower back. After a minute or two, put your feet back on the floor and reach down between your legs. Place your hands around your right ankle, and then your left.
If you can’t reach the floor, go as far as you can. It’s not a competition. Pushing too hard too soon can increase your risk of injury, and so attend to your limitations and keep your movements slow.
Relieve neck tension
Stand up straight in the middle of the room. Place one hand behind you on your lower back, and turn your palm outwards. Put your other hand on top of your head, and gently pull your head to the side until you feel a stretch. Hold for 20 seconds, then repeat the stretch other side.
You should feel this stretch opening up your neck and shoulder muscles. Do it as frequently as possible to keep the muscles loose.
Need some extra help staying active on your shift?
All the bending and lifting is even worse if your scrubs don’t move with you. Gaping tops, sagging pants, and chafing fabrics can make you miserable at work. Check out our women’s scrubs specially designed to move with you through every shift.
The Sporty V-Neck Top by WonderWink is created using a mechanical stretch yarn process, engineered to exceed the performance and durability of other fabrics. It’s comfortable, stylish, and the four stretch fabric has a soft, pre-washed feel.
The top is the perfect thing to wear as you try our list of easy nursing stretches to do during your shift.