If required to make a list of jobs likely to result in injury, where would you begin? Like most people, you'd probably include logging, operating heavy equipment, fishing on the high seas, and other notoriously dangerous jobs. Good thing your office job keeps you well out of harm's way, right?
Are You at Risk?
Knowledge workers are at more risk of injury than most people realize. Desk jobs are now recognized as a leading cause of cumulative injury that can have a devasting impact on overall health and well-being. If left unmanaged and untreated, prolonged sitting can cause a cycle of stiffness, pain, and eventually, injury, even for employees with otherwise healthy lifestyles. Some common issues related to sitting include:
- Upper and lower back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Migraine headaches
- Knee problems
- Hip pain
Addressing the Issue
There's plenty each of us can do to address the problem of desk job-related injury. Here are some common causes and what you can do to mitigate your risk of injury.
Addressing poor posture is crucial to avoiding injury. Check yourself for habits like slouching, hunching your shoulders, overreaching, or crossing your legs. Correcting these issues could be as simple as moving your computer screen, using a footstool, or adjusting your chair's height.
Worn out or poorly designed office furniture is a significant contributor to cumulative muscle strain and injury. Ergonomic office furniture, including chairs with lumbar and arm support and standing desks, is a worthwhile investment.
Not Taking a Break
You may have a lot on your plate, but continually skipping your break is counterproductive. Take a quick stroll outdoors, visit the breakroom for a nutritious snack, or do a few stretching exercises. Breaks contribute to your overall health and well-being, and you'll be more productive in the long run!
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