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4 Ways to Stop Your Back Hurting at Work

4 Ways to Stop Your Back Hurting at Work

Our body is designed to move. Sitting down all day can have a detrimental effect on your back, neck and muscles.

Unfortunately, though – as desk-workers will testify – sometimes circumstances dictate how much you sit during the day and it’s not always possible to spend the day on the move.

There are some simple strategies you can put in place which, if you need to spend a large part of your day seated, can help alleviate the onset of posture-related pain.

Why Sitting Down All Day is Bad For Your Back

Why Sitting Down All Day is Bad For Your Back

Work-related back pain is a major contributor to working days lost to musculoskeletal disorders in the UK.

Official figures reveal that almost 3.5 million working days were lost to back pain in 2015/16, and a recent survey found that 38% of people in the UK claimed work caused their back pain.

Traditionally, work-related back pain has been more common among manual workers, but it is becoming increasingly more prevalent among desk workers, with 31% saying their workstation caused bad posture and back pain.

The average office worker spends 75% of their day sitting down, and more than half of that comes in periods of 30 minutes or more of sedentariness.

But what impact does this have on your body, and how does it contribute to back pain?