Back Health At Work
Daily routine can be a pain
We live in a world where we’re constantly in a hurry, juggling multiple tasks and carrying our belongings with us everywhere. And, believe it or not, this can have serious consequences on your back health. In fact, back pain sends more patients to doctors than any condition other than the common cold.1 Here are some common activities that negatively impact Canadian’s back health.
Repetitive Strain Injuries
As your workload at the office increases, so do repetitive actions, such as typing, using your computer mouse and talking on the phone. These routine tasks seem simple, but they can add a level of physical stress to the emotional and mental stress of getting the job done. In fact, repetitive strain injuries have skyrocketed in the last 20 years due to the increasing reliance on workplace technology.
Mid-day Breaks: Refuel & Re-energize
Even though the day can get ahead of us, it’s important to remember to take proper breaks throughout to maintain productivity and decrease stress levels. Taking a mid-day break helps to refuel and reenergize, giving you that extra oomph needed to get through the rest of the work day.
Work Strains You Enough As It Is
Unfortunately, back pain in the workplace is common, and shouldn’t be ignored. Work related back pain is often a sign that either your environment or your posture and movements should change. Age, desk setup, stress load and the type of manual tasks you engage in all play a huge role in your back health. But at the end of the day, no matter how successful or passionate you are, your health matters most.
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