This week brings us back care awareness week, now you might ask yourself why we need a week for back care? Did you know that back pain is one of the top causes of absence from work?
Back care in the office. It is also thought that back pain affects up to 80% of us at some point in our office life. All in all back pain is costing us time and money, as employees and employers. So what can be done about it?
We have put together some top tips for you and your team to work on your back care.
Make sure your work station is set up for YOU.
This can be hard when you are hot-desking or are a remote worker but the Back Care Org have a great resource for you. Check out the link here this should get you started.
Invest in ergonomic furniture.
Easier said than done if you’re not involved in purchasing but a great worker needs the right tools. Get a desk assessment, arrange your work station (as above) and get the right chair, desk and added ergonomics.
We all know sitting down is the enemy. Why do we insist on having our bottoms glued to your office chair for hours on end? Get up and get moving, better yet, get walking. Set an alarm on your phone or if you have a smartwatch use that. Set a reminder every 40 minutes or less to get up and get moving, even if it’s just to make a brew. Take the pressure of that lower spine and get some energy in your body.
Pay attention to your posture.
The ergonomics cant do all the work, be mindful of your spine. Engaging the core and sitting with the feet flat to the floor rather than crossed.
Get some office yoga going.
Whether on the chair or on the mat engaging your workmate, some office yoga can not only help morale and employee engagement it will also vastly improve the health and overall wellbeing. Yoga is proven to be great for posture and of course your back.
There is a multitude of little things we can each do each day to improve our back health and hopefully future proof our bodies. Think about little changes you can make and start to spread the word, use this week to talk about backcare in your office.