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I love the environment that I work in. I am in a nice office and I enjoy my job. However, the one thing I can't deny is the pain I often get from sitting and typing for long periods of time, which is pretty much something I have no control over due to the nature of my job. Most of the pain occurred in my lower back and then eventually I started to feel my neck and shoulder stiffen up. At first I didn't make such a big deal out of it, I assumed it was just a small pain, something that can be relieved by a small massage, pain reliever, hot bath, or an ointment. In the beginning it helped, but as more time passed the more painful it became and eventually the small treatments were no longer working. The lower back pains would just occur out of nowhere and the stiff neck and shoulders turned into painful muscle. This has been going on for at least 5-6 months on/off, so I know it's more than a little discomfort and it's not something that should be taken lightly. The hard part is, it prevents me from being efficient, not just at work, but even at home with the family.
There are millions of people who suffer this similar pain. I know I am one of them, and I am aware of many other friends and family members that deal with the same issues. A new survey from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) discovered that 2 in 3 office workers have experienced pain in the past 6 months and only nearly 1 of 4 connect it to their office job. Unfortunately, this misconception causes individuals to ignore the signs and neglect seeking treatment and eventually it gets worse leading to chronic pain.
The AOA has launched a new phase of the Break Through Your Pain public education campaign to help with this issue. Their goal is to help office workers become productive while being able to stay pain free by providing them with tools and tips on how they can prevent and relieve these pains that are often overlooked. Check out the infographic below and share it with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest so that we can help each other become more aware.
Have you or anyone you know experienced this? Please feel free to share your experiences and what actions you have taken to either prevent or alleviate your pain. I believe that this is an important matter and that we can all encourage and educate each other on how we can take action.