With long periods of time spent sitting and staring at screens, it’s hardly surprising to hear that one quarter of UK secondary school pupils suffer from regular or daily back pain. Which is why we feel strongly about promoting active working and back care not only to working environments, but schools and colleges too.
Laptops, tablets and smart boards are a prominent feature of every classroom. Students at university write dissertations on their laptops and – more surprisingly – even primary and secondary school children are completing exercises and writing tasks on computers instead of writing.
For today’s digital generation, it is more vital than ever to implement ergonomic principles which are incorporated into all aspects of computer work, whether in school or at home. Sitting for too long in a poor posture affects children’s growth, and in the long run, if not corrected, can result in abnormal bone development. Improper posture at a young age can also make people more susceptible to chronic back pain and carpal tunnel in later years.
This year’s theme for Backcare Awareness Week highlights these very issues. As statistics now show that one quarter of UK secondary school pupils suffer from regular or daily back pain linked to prolonged sitting. A printed pack comprising new findings and guidance is going out to 8,000 secondary schools across the UK.
We feel strongly about promoting active working and back care to both working environments and the education sector which is why we will be supporting Backcare Awareness Week with a fantastic offer on some of our most popular lumbar cushions, document holders and laptop stands. Keep an eye on our website over the coming days for further information. Don’t forget to also check out and download our educational back care related advice sheets and infographics too!