Are you reading this line while feeling a pain creeping in your back? You might have heard that spending 8+ hours a day sitting on your desk in a workweek can be bad for your health. But how bad can it be? Let’s start with some survey findings that send shivers down your spine:
Now that workers worldwide are encouraged to stay at home and work remotely, there have been increasing cases of WFH injuries. While working from home, back and neck pain becomes more prevalent among workers. Working longer hours as the boundary of work and life blurs, not having a supportive working chair and poor posture can all lead to back pain.
Report shows that the majority of people (approximately 95%) with low back pain will recover within a few months. Only 5% of respondents surveyed develop chronic LBP (i.e pain that lasts for 3 months or longer). However, there is evidence that recurrence is common, ranging from 20-44% within 12 months for working populations. It is noteworthy that the older you get, the greater the likelihood of chronic LBP.
There is a significant relationship between the level of disability and intensity of pain as well as working hours in computer professionals with neck pain and back pain. Poor ergonomics such as inadequate chair height or bad desk positioning will not only inflict pain and discomfort but also have negative impacts on one’s performance and productivity.
Office yoga can help improve your posture, relieve pain in your back, neck, or shoulders. When you have been sitting for too long, and you’re ready for a stretch break, there are plenty of moves you can do right where you are. On the occasion of the International Day of Yoga celebrated on June 21, here are 9 yoga poses you can do at your desk to rejuvenate your body and mind during work hours as taken from eMediHealth.
Wrist and finger stretch
Chair raised-hand pose
Seated crescent moon pose
Sit and stand chair pose
Seated forward bend
Chair pigeon pose
Cow face arms pose
Seated twist pose
Are you ready to exercise? Let’s do it together (in our own home)!