Office Worker

Working in the Office

Ironically, the office worker experiences the highest chance of developing lower back pain even when compared to athletes and trade workers.


The natural posture for the human low back is the standing position with occasional bending and lifting. Placing the skeleton in a day-long seated posture is extremely difficult for the vertebral discs and muscles of the spine. Disc bulging and even lower body nerve pinching can be the direct result of too much sitting!

The upper back and neck area of the office worker is also at risk. Prolonged forward leaning of the head and neck coupled with the rounded shoulder posturing of computer work is also unnatural and damaging to the discs, muscles and ligaments of the neck spine. Headaches are overwhelmingly the result of muscular strain due to bad seating posture (i.e. tension migraines).

Time loss from work in the office setting is usually due to chronic joint pain and fatigue related illnesses. Both of these are significantly affected by the sedentary nature of office work. On top of this, the high mental stress of intellectual problem solving without an accompanying physical exertion depresses the immune system, decreases sleep quality and makes sick leave more likely.

Pain free joints and being headache free will contribute to less stress and therefore a diminished pressure on the immune system. Happy, healthy employees are more productive!

The Solution

Relieving the compression on your discs and the tension in your muscles is key to fighting the pain and damage accompanying office work. Also, learning proper ergonomic sitting and typing as well as how and when to take “micro-breaks,” will prevent re-injury. Easy to follow home exercises are also important in recovering from the pain of your industry.

If you are an office worker and are experiencing pain due to the specific demands of your work please contact the clinic today at 482-4144.

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