News › Tips on how to get your ‘happy back’ in the office
Our backs were not designed to spend long periods of time sitting at desks - a common feature of many work environments.
Spending six to eight hours a day in front of a computer can lead to shoulder, arm, hand and neck problems, as well as issues with balance and coordination.
One study has found that over 45% of office workers experience neck pain. Back problems are big contributors to lost productivity in the workplace.
Common Cause of Disability
Low back pain is one of the most common causes of disability among people of working age, and its impact on industry is enormous. It’s been reported that after headaches and colds, back pain is the third most common reason for taking time off work.
Specifically, the work-related physical activities that are believed to be related to the onset of low back symptoms include lifting heavy weights, bending and twisting, and, of course, working in the same position for extended periods.
Postural Issues Corrected
The good news is that postural issues can be corrected, and even, in some instances reversed.
- When in a working environment that requires a lot of desk and computer work, make sure your workstation equipment is ergonomically sound.
- Take regular breaks - in fact you should take a 1 - 2 minute break every 30 minutes you spend sitting at a desk or workstation.
If you are suffering with neck or back pain call us on 4638 8271 because life shouldn’t have to hurt.
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