Office Work Takes Physical Toll on Professionals

Office Work Takes Physical Toll on Professionals

Office Work Takes Physical Toll on Professionals

Unpleasant Position  Two out of every three office workers have experienced pain at work in the last six months.

We know the daily work grind can wear us down, but many of us don't know that office life is causing significant physical hardships for many professionals, according to recent research from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). There's a perception that this is all just part of the job and that we must simply tough it out, but chronic pain is a serious health issue that affects an estimated 100 million Americans, the AOA reports. With this in mind, the organization is promoting its "Break Through Your Pain" campaign to raise awareness about this problem with the following survey findings and some best-practices recommendations. "Sitting at a desk all day can take a serious toll on your body," says Rob Danoff, an AOA board-certified family physician, doctor of osteopathic medicine and co-spokesperson for the campaign. "Many office workers don't seek help to prevent or treat it until it reaches the point where it interferes with their ability to do their job. I want to encourage everyone to get up, stretch and move. Making small changes now will have a great impact on your overall health." More than 1,000 American office workers took part in the research, which was conducted by Kelton Global.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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