How to Treat Lower Back Pain at Work
Lower back pain at work can affect your concentration, productivity and general workplace wellbeing.
If you work for long periods at a desk, for example, it’s important to make sure you set up your desk and environment to be as comfortable as possible.
In a previous blog, we looked at the new technology that was helping to achieve this.
One way of reducing lower back pain at work is to have a desk assessment.
This assessment helps you to understand the many different things that could potentially cause you lower back pain as well as other aches pains and niggles.
Having a work surface that is a comfortable height for you can help to reduce lower back pain at work. The best way of achieving this is with a comfortable adjustable chair or a Sit to Stand Desk.
Looking at your work chair can be a big part of the assessment as adjusting your chair at work can help to avoid back pain.
Work Chairs should be height adjustable and also have an adjustable backrest where you can change the tilt and height. This makes it much more comfortable sitting for long periods at work.
Sit to Stand Desks
Sit to Stand desks can also help in the work environment. It allows you to transition your posture from sitting to standing.
This helps to increase movement per hour. it is recommended that you should move 1-2 minutes every 30 minutes.
Therefore a sit-to-stand desk can help to achieve this without leaving your desk.
Another option is to take a short break from your desk by getting up and moving around the office to help with the change in posture.
Moving regularly also helps to give your muscles time to relax, this can therefore prevent your back becoming stiff and tense.
Pilates can also help with lower back pain at work.
This is because it helps with posture, muscle tone, balance as well as joint mobility.
Going to a Pilates class or completing Pilates exercises during the workday can help to increase stability. Stabilising the core helps to reduce the pressure on the muscles of the back, therefore, helping to reduce lower back pain.
The lower back pain is reduced through strengthening and resistance exercises that are taught during a class.
As well as this, Pilates helps to teach gentle stretches for back muscles that may be tight.
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The Markland Team