Back pain can be caused and made worse by work - whether it involves continual heavy lifting, or sitting at a computer for most of the day. Here’s everything you need to know about reducing and managing back pain at work.
Back pain can lower your mood, mobility, self-esteem and your ability to live and work normally. It is also one of the most common causes of sick leave in Britain, with sufferers taking an average of 17 days to recover from each episode.
At Posturite, we’ve been committed to helping people manage and reduce the risk of back pain since 1991 by designing, sourcing and providing the best ergonomic products, services and advice available.
Impact of back pain at work
Back pain is very common and comes in many different forms, from brief and mild, to severe and chronic (lasting three months or longer).
Some people with back pain find relief from sitting down; others need to keep moving to reduce symptoms. There is no one-size-fits all solution to back pain and everyone experiences it differently.
What causes back pain at work?
When something is ergonomic, it means that special attention has been given to the design to make sure it is the best possible fit for the user, the environment and the task. Back pain can arise from using products that are unsuitable for the user, or the task the user is trying to complete. It can also come from poor posture and small, repetitive movements that cause muscle fatigue and wear down the soft tissues in the body.
The most common causes of back pain at work include:
Twisting while lifting
The importance of active working for back health
Keeping active strengthens supporting muscles to prevent injury, and it’s even thought to help heal back pain by increasing blood flow and nutrients to the soft tissue in the back.
Inactivity can also lead to back pain, as one study found.