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Desk bound workers must speak up over back problems

23/12/2008

Desk bound workers must speak up over back problems

People who sit at desks in their job should make sure that they see a doctor as soon as back ache occurs, the British Osteopathic Association (BOA) has said.

Kelston Chorley, the head of professional development at the BOA, said that people should realise back pain can lead to severe problems and get it treated.

"If you're sitting at a desk all day, make sure you are sitting with your back close to the back of the chair, that you don't lean forwards too much to look at your screen and that you get periods of rest," he said.

"We need to get key messages out to young people when they've had injuries or back problems that they need to be doing lots of stretching and lots of exercise in order to keep that flexibility they have when they're young to when they're 40 or 50."

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, sickness absence cost the UK economy an average of £666 per working person in the UK, in 2007, up from £659 the previous year.
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