Experts warn office workers to be aware of their posture

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Paying attention to posture at work could save companies millions in employee sick days, says neck and spine authority NeckStar.

Research has shown that back pain is one of the leading reasons for absence at work, with around three million individuals citing it as a cause for sick leave last year. Sick days cost UK employers in the region of £29 million a year, so encouraging those who are particularly susceptible to developing bad posture such as office workers to pay attention to how they sit is a worthwhile investment.

Ensuring any screens are positioned at the correct angle and at eye level can help reduce pressure on the neck and spine, which can cause debilitating back pain. Making sure the back is straight, with hips, ears and shoulders in line vertically is essential to good posture and spinal health, as is taking regular breaks where possible to move around. Where necessary, request ergonomic furniture or accessories from your employer to keep your posture positive.

Mario P of NeckStar said: “We spend a big portion of our lives working, so it’s essential to make sure that we pay attention to our posture during this time to avoid injury and illness. For employers, it makes sense economically to ensure your workers have information and equipment they need to minimise any discomfort that could lead to long-term damage and subsequent sick days, which cost your business money. Of course, it is up to each individual to look after their own health.”

NeckStar’s specially designed portable headrest can be used during breaks to bring the vertebrae in line, which helps to relieve the nerve tracts in the neck and spine. The handy, self-assembly structure can be used on any flat surface such as desks or tables and can make a big difference in preventing and reacting to any strain caused by bad posture.

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    Molly Dyson

    Former Editor – PA Life

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