Admit it. Work can be a major pain. From budget cuts and deadlines, to co-workers with abrasive dispositions, the stress of the full-time office job can drain the enthusiasm out of even the most optimistic individual. Now, recent research has lent proof to what a lot of us have been suspecting - work can also be a literal and physical pain. Back pain is common in the workplace and still, few employees and companies know how to effectively combat it.
The Ultimate Back Pain Relief Tips Blog
Would you believe we spend, on average 9.3 hours a day just sitting in a chair, contributing to poor posture and back pain? It's likely you're sitting reading this now in an idle capacity. Even worse, those working eight hours or more per day, while sitting at a vertical incline, exert more pressure on their lower back, resulting in long term postural problems.
Many of us spend our days standing and running around. Standing all day can cause a huge strain on your back. When we are standing, the pressure on the intervertebral discs of the lower back is low. Standing uses about 20% more energy than sitting. This causes us to get tired more quickly and want to sit down. Standing at work leads to bending down to pick up objects or stretch up to get overhead objects. In all of these cases there is an increase in the forces on the lower back. That is when the injury is most likely to occur.
Take a micro break every hour! If you are seated for 30 minutes or more stand up and walk around a bit because movement is good for your back. Remember 30 minutes is the limit! Then wait 10 minutes before lifting after prolonged periods of sitting or resting.