If you are in crisis, emotional distress, or at risk of suicide call 9-1-1, go to the local hospital emergency room, or call the mental health crisis line at 613-544-4229 or if you are a KGH staff member, contact Homewood Human Solutions at 1-800-663-1142. Someone is there to help.

Musculoskeletal Health

Watch this video for quick tips on working safely at your computer.

Our daily functioning and quality of life are closely connected to the health of our musculoskeletal system. From time to time however, many of us will experience musculoskeletal discomfort and some of us may sustain a musculoskeletal injury (MSI). MSIs can be caused by overexertion, such as lifting a heavy object, or from activities that involve repetition, force, uncomfortable positioning of the limbs, or a combination of these factors. Physical activity, as well as following good ergonomic practices at work and home, are key to preventing musculoskeletal disorders that can affect the low back, neck and shoulders, and upper extremities. Learn more about how you can improve your musculoskeletal health and prevent and manage common musculoskeletal conditions.    

Did you know?

  • Back problems are among the most common chronic conditions in Canada affecting 4 out of 5 adults at some point in their lives.
  • Bed rest is no longer recommended for back pain; instead, maintain light activity throughout the day to prevent joint stiffness and muscle wasting. Read more...      
  • Pushing is generally safer than pulling. Always use two hands when pushing or pulling; DO NOT pull with one arm extended behind your body. Read more...    

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Musculoskeletal Injuries & Disorders

Injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system can affect the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels or related soft tissues, causing discomfort and limiting your from doing the things you want to do. Learn more about the factors that put you at risk, and use this interactive tool to learn how to adjust your work to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injury. Do you suffer from back pain? If so, get the facts and myths about back pain and try out these back exercises.  

Assess Your Risk

Understanding and addressing musculoskeletal hazards helps us to be proactive in preventing musculoskeletal injury and avoiding aggravation of underlying musculoskeletal conditions. Use the MSI Hazard Inspection Checklist, the Laboratory Ergonomics Checklist or the Checklist for Office Workers to assess workplace risk factors that may put you at increased risk for a musculoskeletal injury in the workplace.

For an ergonomic assessment of your workstation or job tasks, or for questions about reducing your risk of musculoskeletal injury, contact the KGH Ergonomist x6784 in Occupational Health, Safety & Wellness or complete and return this form.

Promoting Musculoskeletal Health

In addition to ensuring work, Standing and Seated workstations, and Lifting Tasks are designed with good ergonomics in mind, there are things that you can do throughout your day to promote good musculoskeletal health. For starters, before you leave home consider doing At Home Stretches, or Warm up Exercises before engaging in physical work. To promote musculoskeletal health throughout your day, why not try these quick and easy Work Stress Releasers or Workplace Stretches.

To ensure your computer workstation is set up in a way that supports neutral postures and reduces stress on muscles, tendons, and your skeletal system, review these Tips on Setting up your Workstation or contact the KGH site Ergonomist for an assessment at x6784.

Onsite massage therapy for KGH site staff is offered on Thursdays by appointment. For more information on how to book an appointment with the Registered Massage Therapist click here.


Resources for Musculoskeletal Health

MSD Prevention Tool Box: Getting Started | Beyond the Basics | In-Depth Risk Assessment
Back Care Canada         
Ministry of Labour Video: Safe Patient Handling Program    
Ministry of Labour: All About Pains, Strains/Musculoskeletal Disorders   
Musculoskeletal glossary of terms  
Exercises for a Healthy Back (printable document)

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