Back pain is the second most common cause of long-term sickness in the UK. In 2010-2011 7.6 million working days were lost due to work-related back pan and other musculoskeletal disorders. For office bound employees, sitting poorly in front of a computer for 8 hours a day is exacerbating the problem as the body is only able to tolerate one position for a short period of time, before you feel the need to adjust.
Workstation factors that can affect your back include:
- Poor posture
- Computer Screen Position
- Chair height
- Keypad position
- Mouse position
- Desk equipment layout
We all adjust our chair position when getting into a new car, why are we so cavalier over our workstation?
By law, your workstation chair should be stable – the standard office chair has five legs in a star formation, with adjustable levers depending on the ergonomic adjustments.
Click here to download our guide to sitting comfortably.