As a photographer it is easy to spend upwards of 12 hours or more carrying an average of 25 pounds of metal and glass. Unfortunately, this can back pain.
Professional photography gigs, like wedding shoots, often have you carrying even more weight. Lugging around at least two camera bodies with heavy lenses hanging off your neck all day to catch that perfect image, means that you are putting your physical health at risk every time you go out to shoot.
This is scary news because you are, in essence, reducing your earning potential by hauling that extra weight.
Side Effects of Carrying Too Much Weight
Some of the occupational hazards that many photographers experience include: muscle strains, muscle spasms, tendonitis, slipped discs, and generalized muscle pain.
Photographers often minimize the seriousness of these injuries, and neglect to get them looked at or take the appropriate time to heal. Because the effects of muscle degeneration can accumulate in these muscle groups, these injuries may eventually prevent a photographer from pursuing a future in this chosen career or hobby.
Prevention of Future Injuries
Instead of waiting until the weight load causes issues with your physical health, you can prevent the incidence of future injuries by taking a few precautions. You can invest in adjustable carrying straps that will keep your gear by your side within easy access at the same time as distributing its weight load across your body.
It is also important to invest in some physical care. Maintaining a fitness routine and seeking regular treatments from a trusted chiropractor will help increase your range of motion, stability, and reduce recovery times.
Solutions to Resolve Current Injuries
If you already have back pain, now is the time to investigate its root cause. Experiment with your gear configurations to lighten your load. Maybe instead of bringing three prime lenses, you could bring a single adjustable zoom lens that covers the same range. If after doing this you see any noticeable improvement – big or small – your gear is the likely source of your back pain.
To correct the injuries that you have sustained, look into various forms of treatment, including massage therapy and other chiropractic services. Then you can get back out there shooting the next best image!
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For more permanent back pain relief, Proactive Chiropractic provides professional treatment that involves determining the cause of pain first. Our experienced chiropractor, Dr. Alec Khlebopros, practices a wealth of services, treatment options, and procedures that can help to restore patients to their healthy selves.
Contact us today if you’re looking for a back pain chiropractor.