Work-related disorders aren’t just limited to heavy manufacturing or construction jobs. They can occur in all types of industries and work environments, including office bound jobs. Research shows that repetitive motion, poor posture, and staying in the same position can cause or worsen musculoskeletal disorders.
Staying in one position while doing repetitive motions is typical of a desk job. The habits we build at our desk, especially while sitting, can contribute to discomfort and health issues, including:
neck and shoulder pain
lower back pain
Hunching the shoulders and slumping in your seat can cause back pain, headaches, tension, and tightness in your back, neck, and shoulders.
The good news is that moving or stretching is a buildable habit. For starters, you can set a timer to remind you to take a quick walk or stretch. If you’re pressed for time, there are even certain stretches you can do at your desk.