As part of the British Chiropractic Association Chiropractic Awareness Week (13 – 19 April) ISIS Chiropractic Centres is urging people to take regular breaks at work to help combat neck and back pain.
Over half (56%) think that sitting in the same position for long periods at a time has the most negative impact on their back health. Despite recognising the source of pain, one in ten (10%) of those who spend the day mainly in one position don’t take regular breaks.
“If you work in an office or drive a vehicle for long periods of time, it’s easy to stay seated, rarely taking breaks. Many people are unaware that staying in the same position can place unnecessary strain on their neck and back which can lead to long term pain.”
“Sitting causes up to twice as much pressure on the spine as standing. If your job involves sitting for long periods of time, it’s important that you take regular breaks to relieve the built-up tension in your lower back. Your back is always hard at work - even when you think you’re relaxing - so ensuring you move and stretch regularly will help relieve the extra load through the discs which will prevent long term problems, keeping your back on track.”
In the Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Northampton area, 45% currently live with neck or back pain – and more than one in five (23%) suffer on a daily basis. So what can we do to combat neck or back pain at work?
ISIS Chiropractic Centres offers the following top tips to help people get through the working day back pain free:
information on how to maintain a healthy posture and help keep neck and back
pain at bay, the British Chiropractic Association has developed ‘Straighten Up’
- a simple, three minute exercise programme for all ages, designed to help
strengthen the spine and improve posture and help joints.
The consumer research was carried out between: 07/01/2015 and 20/01/2015. Sample: 2,127 UK adults aged 18 – 65 by Opinion Matters on behalf of the British Chiropractic Association. Midlands sample size: 379