Published on October 4th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Watch Your Back
This week is Back Care Awareness Week. Back pain is one of top causes of sick absence from work in the UK. Yet, this year’s campaign, Back Pain in Education, is targeting children and young people to look after their backs.
Over four million working days are lost each year due to back and neck pain. This costs the economy over £15 billion each year. In addition, around 80% of us will suffer from pack pain at some point in our lives.
Yet, it appears the bad habits we have as adults in sitting down for prolonged periods of time go back to our childhood. According to research carried out for Back Care Awareness Week*, a quarter of children and young people regularly suffer from back pain.
Therefore, they are being encouraged to take care of their backs to help reduce problems in later life, by:
- Sitting properly and improving their posture (particularly important when working on laptops and other digital devices).
- Not sitting down for long periods of time, standing up and walking around every 20 to 30 minutes.
- Taking regular exercise.
- Stretching and lifting properly to prevent unnecessary injuries. By simply carrying school bags, books and equipment in the correct manner will help to reduce neck and back strains.
Ergonomic Solutions at the Post Office Shop
Whilst we cannot stop sitting down entirely during our daily lives, adopting good ergonomic practices is essential. For musculoskeletal related disorders, prevention is certainly better than cure.
If you are unsure as to which is the correct product you need, take a look at our Choosing the Right Ergonomic for You Guide.
*For more information regarding Back Care Awareness Week, visit their website here.