Tags: Back pain

Yvonne Humphries: Sitting is the new smoking

Almost 31 million days of work were lost last year due to back, neck and muscle problems, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The ONS’s Labour Force Survey, which polls hundreds of thousands of people in the UK, found that musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, which include a large range of bone and joint complaints,…

Uncomfortable Employees Cost UK Businesses £52 Billion per year

New research reveals that employees who can’t get comfortable at their desk could be costing their employer on average £3,279 per person per year in lost revenue through time off sick and reduced productivity.   70% of employees reported spending an average 51 minutes per day rearranging their workspace and fidgeting to get comfortable –…

Teresa Budworth:Help make the pain go away

If you’ve ever suffered from back pain, and 4 out of 5 of us will at some time in our lives, you’ll know how debilitating it can be. Personally, I swear by physiotherapists. This comes from my own personal experience of back pain. Physio has certainly given me relief and helped resolve pain for several…

A new downloadable tool is now available to help businesses and organisations reduce the likelihood of their employees suffering from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the upper limbs associated with repetitive tasks. MSDs are the most common occupational illness in Britain affecting more than 500,000 people every year and are often linked to repetitive work tasks…

Managers, HR staff and employers are being encouraged to provide more support for people suffering from musculoskeletal disorders. The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance has published a charter outlining measures such as better flexible working arrangements and training of line managers to help deal with people suffering from conditions such as back pain in the workplace.…

The benefits of investment in employee wellness have been reported for both employers and employees in the form of improved health, productivity, morale and in cost savings. Dr Sandra Lee from Q-Active explains.

People who suffer from back pain and other health problems at work do not take care of themselves and carry on working, according to an osteopathy association. UK employees overestimate how tough their bodies are and younger people tend to think they are infallible, the British Osteopathic Association (BOA) says. According to a survey by…

People who start to suffer from back pain at work can take some simple steps to ease the problem and prevent it from getting worse, an osteopathy organisation says. Workers can take some self-help measures such as painkillers or exercise if the problem is getting in the way of sleeping, according to the British Osteopathic…

Employees who spend most of their working day sat at a desk are more prone to posture-related problems than those who do not, according to a massage company. Workers are developing problems such as back pain and repetitive strain injuries (RSI) from spending more time at the computer, the On Site Massage Company has said.…

Office workers who are deskbound and use electronic equipment are more likely to suffer from back pain than those who do not, according to an osteopath group. The workplace is encouraging people to be inactive so they need to break this up by taking exercise, according to the British Osteopathic Association (BOA). Complaints about stress…

Instead of adopting "overzealous" absence management methods, employers should focus their energy on tackling serious sickness problems, it has been suggested. According to a survey by AXA PPP healthcare, almost three quarters of Brits have gone to work feeling ill when they could have stayed at home. While 29 per cent have done so because…

A month-long campaign has been launched with the aim of reducing the risk of back pain, repetitive strain injury (RSI) and other musculoskeletal disorders through the promotion of improved posture. Called Ergonomix, the initiative is being run by Fellowes, in partnership with charity BackCare. According to the organisations, 80 per cent of people in the…