It seems reasonable to assume that those carrying out the most physical, laborious types of work are the ones who are at the highest risk of back problems and pains.
However, whilst they are at risk, it may be surprising to know that office workers – who may only leave their chair a few times a day – are amongst those who are most likely to suffer from back pain.
When it’s pouring with rain outside of your warm, dry office it’s easy not to leave your chair for the eight hours you’re there, but it’s this stationary, unchanging routine that can be the worst for your back. Hunched over a computer in an unsupportive chair, resting your phone between your ear and shoulder and remaining cramped in one position for hours at a time all contributes towards back pain in office workers.
In a survey of 2,374 people, the British Chiropractic Association found that 56% of BCA chiropractors emphasized the vulnerability of those working in an office to being victims of back pain.
However, there are a couple of easy ways to change old habits and get your back, back on track.
When working in the office, try and think about your posture over the course of the day. If possible, don’t spend too long in one position - especially if it’s hunched over a keyboard typing all day – to avoid a stiff back. Every hour give yourself a quick break, even if it’s just a short trip to the water cooler. Despite the temptation to stay inside, your lunch break is a chance to get up and move about, giving your back a break from being sat in the same chair in the same position.
There are also products specially designed to assist in holding the correct posture and retraining the body. This includes the PosturePlast, an affordable and easy way of making sure if you do have to sit down for most of the day, you’re sitting in the best way for your back.
As easy as it is to spend a long period of time slouched over a keyboard, it’s just as easy to change your habits and find that your office job is no longer a source of back pain and problems.
Osteopath Adam Dallison has been treating and managing back pain since 1998 and is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and the British Osteopathic Association. He has also spent four years in the country’s largest muscoskeletal clinic and runs his own clinics alongside.
For more information visit postureplast.co.uk.