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Back Pain Ergonomics

Dr Bryan Hornby’s article about back pain at work and office ergonomics was feature on Skills Savy Website ( recently.  Below is a snippet of the top 10 tips to reduce back pain at work:
10 Tips to Help with Work-Related Stress

Written by Dr Bryan Hornby
Posted: 13th March, 2013

Left long enough, these stresses may cause workers to suffer from neck pain, headaches, jaw pain, back pain, wrist, elbow, and shoulder pain. This may have long term consequences for the worker, as well as for the business (loss productivity and/or revenue).Neck pain, lower back pain, and arm pain (shoulder, elbow, wrist) are a common occurrence for many in today’s work environment. Long sitting, repetitive activities, and unvaried work tasks place additional stress on the body.

What should you and shouldn’t you do? Here are 10 Tips to Help With Work-Related Stress:


  1. FORWARD HEAD POSITION-sitting or standing with your head hanging forward causes muscle tension and promotes poor joint mechanics. Left long enough, this increases your chances for headaches, neck pain, and arthritis.
  2. SLOUCHING WHEN SITTING-slouching causes the pelvis to tilt and lower back curve to flatten. This promotes lower back pain, disc problems, and sciatica. Slouching also rounds the shoulders to force the neck into the forward position.
  3. HIGH SCREEN BRIGHTNESS-a bright computer screen can cause stress to the visual system and increase chance of eye strain and headache. Also avoid excess glare from overhead office lights
  4. LOW/HIGH MONITOR HEIGHT-a screen that is too low or high forces the neck into unnatural positions for extended periods of time.
  5. REACHING TOO FAR-having the mouse too far away affects shoulder and arm mechanics

To find out tips 6-10 please go to:  Skills Savy Blog – Back Pain At Work

To download Gentle Care Chiropractic Norwest’s Ergonomic fact sheet go to:  Office Ergonomic Fact Sheet

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