To see the May 2016 Newsletter with a Special Edition focusing on Postural Pain; why it occurs and how to manage it and many other things click on the link below:
Ever wondered about affordable office furniture that can help reduce pain?
At Bristol Physio we have teamed up with Gazelle Office Furniture do give some information on office furniture that can help you when sitting in front of the computer.
There are 30,600,000 hours lost from work due to musculo-skeletal pain (back and neck pain) each year!
The Department for Work and Pensions describe this as leading to a third of all sickness issues. If the average office worker sat at their desk for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, they would on average be sitting in the same position for approximately 1,800 hours a year.
Oh….and then they go home and sit in front of the TV for another 2-3 hours….
Bristol Physio has teamed up with Gazelle Office Furniture who have a number of high level products at affordable prices that we at Bristol Physio believe can help individuals that get pain whilst at work.
The KX2 Task Chair has all the features of a top quality chair including a lumber support pump and independent tilting backrest and seat.
We feel the folding arms are a great addition allowing people to get closer to the desk and not have to reach for the keyboard.
Manual and Mechanical Adjustable Desks
Sitting for hours on end can lead to a number of problems. One of the main bits of advice that is given to people is to change position regularly throughout the day. Using a height adjustable desk means you could be sitting one moment, then standing the next. By stanidng, the postural muscles have to work differently and you use more calories.
Gazelle Office Furniture provide both manual and mechanical desks. At Bristol Physio we suggest that individuals should sit for an hour and then spend an hour standing. Obviously it is worth having the desk adjusted for you so you are not over reaching or looking down too far.
Office Based Exercises
Neck or Back Pain when sitting at a computer?
We all sit in front of our computers for too long!
We have as many at 30.6 million hours lost due to some joint, bone or muscle problem therefore it affects all of us in some way.
We have put together a small list of stretches and strengthening exercises to try and help neck and back pain. Click on Office Exercises and a PDF version of the exercises can be printed off and the whole office can gain benefits from these. Also Jason Heddington has put together further advice on poor sitting posture whilst at work.
N.B. these exercises should not cause pain and if they do then consult one of the physiotherapists at Bristol Physio.
If chairs and desks are an issue at work, have a read of this advice, in conjunction with Gazelle Office Furniture, regarding the best furniture for your office.
Is Poor Posture Causing Your Back Pain?
Do you have an office job? Do you sit at your desk for up to 8 hours a day?
Do you suffer from back and neck pain?
Taking time off work with a bad back is common, but for many businesses such employee absence is a real problem. A government report this year into sickness absence in the labour market highlighted that more days were lost to back, neck and muscle pain than any other cause.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders accounted for 30.6m working days off in 2013 and, according to the Department for Work and Pensions, were the cause of a third of long-term sickness absences between October 2010 and September 2013.
What problems can I get from sitting in a poor posture all day?
Spending six to eight hours a day in front of a computer can lead to shoulder, arm, hand and neck problems, as well as issues with balance and coordination.
If you slump in your chair you can develop tight muscles around your neck and upper chest, weak muscles in your back, tight muscles around your hips and knees. Also sitting for long periods will decondition your muscles, tendons and ligaments making you prone to injury. A physiotherapist can do much to help these issues – but this must be in conjunction with ensuring the workstation is set up correctly and that regular breaks away from computer are taken. Otherwise, the issues may keep recurring.
What can I do to help prevent these problems occurring?
- When in a working environment that requires a lot of desk and computer work, make sure your workstation equipment is ergonomically sound. Check that your desk, keyboard and computer screen is at the correct height and position.
- Ensure you have a comfortable chair that puts you in an ergonomically friendly positions making sure your knees, hips and elbows are at the correct angle. Your physiotherapist will be able to assess this and advice you on correct positioning.
- Finally, make sure you take regular breaks to stand up, walk around and stretch at least every 30 minutes, keeping yourself well hydrated with water.
What can help further…
We at Bristol Physio have teamed up with the guys at Gazelle Office Furniture Ltd. Based in Bristol, this national company offer office solutions to poor workstation positioning. Fully ergonomic chairs, manual and machine operated standing or sitting desks are among their wide range of furniture ideas. At Bristol Physio we have two KX2 Task chairs and if we had the space we would opt for the standing desks. Do pop into their store in Lawrence Hill, Bristol or come into our Clifton branch to see the furniture in the flesh.
We also offer Work Station Assessments. One of our trained physiotherapists would visit you in your office environment, ask a number of questions not only about your work station but also lifestyle and take an assessment of the work space.We can advise on aids for your environment and give solutions to help you get the best position for you at the desk, as everyone is unique therefore a ‘one size fits all’ approach is neither appropriate or able to achieve in an office environment.