Published on February 23rd, 2015 | by admin0
Does Suffering From Back Pain In The Office Sound Familiar?
Are you sitting comfortably at work? Possibly not, as apparently over 50% of the population are said to suffer from back pain with experts claiming that our office lifestyles are certainly partly to blame.
And such pain and discomfort is actually the leading cause of long-term sickness in the UK. It is staggering to note that in 2013 alone, more than 15 million work days were lost because of back-related ailments.
Whilst the best treatment advice to address back pain normally involves staying active, that isn’t always practical in an office environment. Certainly being sat in front of a computer for long periods can sometimes just exacerbate the issues.
We learn that the most common causes of back pain are strained muscles or ligaments. Unfortunately developing these ailments is all too common and can be due to prolonged periods in one position, undertaking repetitive tasks as well as carrying loads awkwardly.
Staying in the same position for considerable lengths of time in front of a computer is the reality for millions of office workers yet it is sobering to realise that, as well as causing back pain, prolonged sitting is thought to slow the metabolism which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat.
So what can be done to reduce back pain at work? Advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advises employees to try and take regular breaks away from their workstation and walk around the office to take a stretch.
What’s more the HSE stress the importance of sitting up comfortably in a chair that adequately supports an employee’s lower back using back supports to make adjustments as required.
The computer screen must also be at the correct height meaning the upper third of the screen should be at eye level and the chair height should be adjusted so that forearms are comfortably resting on the desk plus elbows should be roughly at right angles.