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Take Some Pain Out Of Your Workday (Infographic)

Chances are good that if you’re reading this post right now, you’re sitting at your desk. Does anything hurt right now? Maybe your lower back or shoulders are sore. Maybe your wrists hurt. If you’re nodding your head, you’re not alone.

New research released today by our client, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) finds that a majority of office workers experience physical pain at work.

Nearly one in four workers believe pain is a standard part of having a job. Click to Tweet this! As a result, many office workers ignore or under-treat their pain, which leads to chronic or reoccurring pain. Chronic pain affects 100 million Americans, impacting more people than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. Click to Tweet this!

Do you live with your pain too?

AOA’s research results

AOA Infographic Productivity in today's workplace

The “Break Through Your Pain” campaign

The research shows that many people experience pain at work, and many are willing to stretch and do other exercises during work to relieve their pain. Today the AOA is launching a new phase of the “Break Through Your Pain” public education campaign. AOA will be providing actionable tips and advice people can use in the workplace to prevent and ease pain. Small changes have a large impact on your overall health!

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Find opportunities throughout the day to get up and move. Take the long walk to the printer, or visit a coworker in lieu of picking up the phone.
  • Pay attention to how you sit. Slouching, looking down and holding your elbows in the wrong spot when you type can all lead to pain.
  • Visit a doctor who can help you develop a personalized pain management plan.
  • Download pain management tools, and learn more tips here: Click to Tweet this!

Communications For Better Living™

We love working with clients like AOA, because as we communicate to help others be healthier, we often make changes within ourselves. There has been a lot of talk around the office about sitting up straighter, keeping both feet on the floor (it’s so easy to cross your legs!), and taking the stairs. We’re starting to make changes to prevent and break through our pain too.

Do you struggle with office related pain? Tell us about it in the comments!

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