Common Office Aches and How to Prevent Them

Working in an office environment can give you some aches and pains that other jobs typically won’t. Here are four of the most common office-pains and some ways to prevent them.

 Pain of lower back

1.   Bursitis

Bursitis is caused by repeated and prolonged pressure applied to areas where tissues, bones, tendons, and skin rub against each other. Typically, this appears as a lump on your wrist.

Prevention: Warming up before enduring strenuous activity is the easiest prevention. This can be as simple as stretching your wrist and fingers before typing.

2.   Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This affects the wrist and causes the hand to feel numb or tingly if there is too much pressure being applied. It is commonly caused from overuse resulting in damaged nerves.

Prevention: Routine hand and wrist exercises reduce the risk of carpal tunnel. Doing Isometric stretches strengthen the muscles in the wrist and hands.

3.   Office chair back strains

If your office doesn’t have new furniture, chances are it isn’t ergonomically supportive for your back. This can result in muscle strains that make the rest of your day very uncomfortable, or worse, result in lost productivity.

Prevention: Adhering to office ergonomic guidelines is a first step in reducing these injuries. Be sure to take note of your desk posture, as well, and correct any non-ergonomic positions.

4.   Shoulder pain

This is typically caused from prolonged, repetitive, or awkward movements and is referred to as either a repetitive strain injury (RSI) or cumulative trauma disorder.

Prevention: Reduce the stress your body endures per day. This will help you relax and eventually your shoulder muscles will loosen up.  This is a good time to take advantage of a deep desk cleaning as well.

Not every person’s body can handle the rigors of office work as easily as others can. This is true of people who work manual labor jobs, as well. In order for you to have a productive business, all of your employees need to have the knowledge of how to prevent any workplace injuries from occurring.