Pains & Tips

Desk workers are likely to experience back and neck pain, this is due to prolonged stationary postures associated with computer use and sitting at a desk for long periods of time.

Causes and symptoms

The increase in sedentary computer jobs also increases the need to maintain strenuous postures with contractions in the neck, back and shoulders muscles. Any repetitive work practice or activity that causes the muscles to be held tight and tense for long periods can lead to inflammation and consequently pain.

Tips

To help prevent muscle pain caused by stationary postures try the below tips:
  • Pay attention to posture - To promote good posture when sitting, choose a chair that supports your back. Adjust the height of your chair so that your feet rest flat on the floor and your thighs are parallel to the floor
  • Change your position often -Holding the same position slowly diminishes elasticity in the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, and tendons). Periodically stand up and walk around. After returning to your chair, try to use an alternate posture
  • Gently stretch your muscles to relieve tension - Regular stretches play an important role in the prevention of muscle pain caused by stationary postures, they prevent fatigue and discomfort, increase flexibility and strength, and decrease the risks of back and neck injuries

The information above is general in nature, it is not a substitute for medical advice and you should always consult a healthcare professional