Research from The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) in March 2011 found that 51% of the population were suffering from some form of back pain. As the nation goes back to work after the summer break, the steady increase in office/desk based working could be adding to the problem.
Previous research also found that a third of office workers make no adjustments to either seating or computer equipment when switching desks.
There were two other problem areas – sitting too long without a break and carrying heavy computer bags to work.
Tim Hutchful from British Chiropractic Association says: “Whether at work or at home, computers have begun to dominate our lives, yet what we don’t realise is that they in fact have the ability to damage our health. Back pain is becoming quite common and our working lives could be contributing to this. By taking time to adjust your chair and by taking regular breaks can help protect your spine and prevent the onslaught of back pain”.
– Use a rucksack design work bag/laptop case, carry it on both shoulders and adjust the straps so that the bag is held close to your back.