WORK RELATED POSTURAL STRAINS
Are you ﬁt for work? Musculoskeletal conditions (problems with the muscles, bones, joints and associated tissues) are a major contributing factor to work place absenteeism. The Ofﬁce for National Statistics reports that 30.8 million working days are lost each year due to musculoskeletal issues such as back, neck and upper limb pain in the UK alone.
Habitual poor posture can contribute to daily aches and discomfort in the workplace and beyond. Whether you work at a desk or have a more manual occupation, your job may expose you to stresses and strains that can cause you pain.
Common causes of strain in the workplace can include:
• Prolonged sitting at a desk
• Driving long distances
• Awkward lifting and carrying
• Extended periods of repetitive motion
• Using a computer without taking breaks.
These can lead to various aches and pains and other common musculoskeletal conditions such as sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. Furthermore, workplace stress can increase the amount of pain you feel by causing muscle tension and spasms.