Back Pain and Work

Back Pain and Work

All ages suffer from back pain, but those who are 50 or older are more likely to be affected by back pain. Almost 10 million people in the UK suffer pain daily resulting in a major impact on their quality of life and more days off work. Around 4.2 million working days were lost by workers aged 50-64 in 2014. Health experts say chronic back pain is made worse by our increasingly sedentary lifestyle, with the average Briton spending almost four hours a day at a computer.

A major cause of back pain deals with sleeping positions. To reduce back pain, sleeping with a pillow between your legs as well as sleeping at a reduced angle can reduce back pain in the morning. Another major impact on the back happens at work. If we are stressed at work and you hold stress in your body, it can affect your back. You may begin to tense your back muscles, which can trigger lower back pain or make it worse. Slouching at our desk and constantly working at the computer can cause poor posture and this poor posture places stress on your spine. This then can provoke back pain through the constriction of your blood vessels and nerves. In addition, the stress from poor posture can lead to back pain by causing problems with your muscles, discs, and joints.

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