BY: Sunny Jaspal

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Back, neck and shoulder pain are often caused by sitting for long periods with an incorrect posture.One of the most common complaints people seek treatment for is back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain. In fact more sick days are taken due to back, neck and shoulder pain that any other ailment. So why do so many of us suffer with these conditions and what can we do to manage and prevent them?

Many of the people I treat are office workers, often sitting for long hours and working with computers. Poor posture, poor office ergonomics and working without breaks is a recipe for pain. This type of injury is often classed as a repetitive strain injury (or RSI) and may also include the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow. These problems may arise in any situation (not just at a desk) where incorrect posture is maintained.

Back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain can also be caused by stress. Stress makes us feel tense, so in turn we tense our bodies, which leads to pain.

Tips for Easing Pain

Correct posture can prevent pain.

Maintain correct sitting posture when working at your computer.

Ensure the top of your screen is at eye level so you head is in a neutral position. If you work at a laptop then consider using a laptop riser.

Elbows should have a 90 degree bend so that the tops of your arms are relaxed by your side, with your keyboard and mouse within easy and comfortable reach. Laptop users consider using an external keyboard.

Feet should be flat on the floor (use a footrest if they do not reach) and knees and hips should have a 90 degree bend.

Sit upright in a relaxed posture, using cushions to support your lower back if needed.

Take regular breaks – use this as an excuse to keep yourself hydrated.

Manage stress by creating a calm working environment.

How can acupuncture and massage help?

Using specialist massage techniques and specific acupuncture points, tension in the tissues is released and pain is effectively reduced. Both acupuncture and massage help to calm the mind, making them great tools for stress management. In addition, advice is given to target the root of the pain such as stretches, hot and cold therapy and meditation.

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