I think back injuries are the most common health problem people experience at work. In this post I want to look at some of the causes and some ways you can tackle the problem.
What causes a sore back at work?
Depending on the kind of work you do there are a few things that can cause a sore back. For the purpose of this post we are going to assume that you are like me; sitting at a desk looking at a computer for the majority of the day.
I will go through the major causes and give them an indication of severity.
1. Hunching Forward
Severity: Moderate to High
Hunching forward is when you roll your shoulders towards the computer so that the back of your neck has to curve for your to look straight ahead. It is quite a serious posture problem as it blocks a lot of the blood flow to your head and is very bad for the neck.
Sitting like this will cause pain in the upper back and neck and probably give you a headache. Over time your posture can permanently change and your headaches will last longer.
2. Sitting with one leg tucked in
I often sit with one leg tucked under my bottom in sort of a “half crossed leg” position. I don’t know why I do this but I have since found out that it has caused me some pretty serious back problems. [Read more…] about How to Fix a Sore Back at Work – Does Your Back Hurt?
Originally posted on April 2, 2008 @ 1:07 am