Avoiding back and neck pain at work – expert advice from Robin Adams at West Country OsteopathsClick here to view the transcript
Cost to Uk £5 billion.
10 million lost working days.
So whether you are an employer striving for business efficiency, or an employee who wishes to look after your back and maintain your ability to work — avoiding back and neck pain is an important issue.
In this short video, I am concentrating on avoiding problems due to desk and computer based work.
Here are some key points to consider to help you avoid back and neck pain:
Sit at your desk with your spine upright.
Avoid ‘computer hump’ by keeping your chin tucked in, ensure your knees are slightly lower than your hips, which will help you to keep your spine upright.
Make sure your shoulders are held in line with your spine, and not stretched forward to reach the keyboard or mouse.
Keep moving. Take microbreaks if necessary – at least once every hour get up and walk around the office or building.
Perform some simple exercises at your desk to keep moving, such as some simple neck stretches, shoulder stretches and rolling your pelvis backwards and forwards on the seat.
Ensure you take regular exercise away from the work place. Aim to maintain good core strength and flexibility. Swimming, Tai Chi, Pilates and Yoga, are all examples of exercise which can help with back and neck pain.
Consult with a suitable professional for specific advice for your situation. They will help you to understand your individual situation and the cause of your back pain as well as being able to give you advise and exercises tailored to your situation.