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Neck and shoulder pain - avoid pain at work

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February 1, 2024

We've all been there; maybe you've been sitting at your desk for too long, deeply engrossed in a task, or even forgot the fancy sit-stand desk and now the pain in your neck and shoulders is starting to show. You're not alone - as many as 7 out of 10 people will experience neck and shoulder pain.

But what can you actually do? And why do these pains occur? You can read about it below.

The cause of neck/shoulder pain

There are many reasons why you may experience pain in this area. Often it can be caused by unfortunate sitting positions, such as poor posture or working with your head bent forward.

What to do about neck and shoulder pain

If you're experiencing pain in the office, there are a number of steps you can take. First and foremost, it can be important to investigate why the pain is occurring. This can be done by looking at your workstation and adjusting it to fit ergonomically - for example, through an ergonomic review.

It's also very important to keep moving - for example, by taking small active breaks during the workday. Here you can work with small exercises that can help keep the pain away.

Specifically, this can be done through active breaks - they provide a space to mentally unwind, but also ensure you get moving and reduce the risk of pain. Another option is workplace massage, which can also be a great way to pamper your body and mind.

The next position is the best position

As such, there are no movements or positions that are wrong (the next position is the best), but it's important to move and stay active in your free time, but maybe also at work if possible.

It doesn't have to be a major upheaval in the workplace, in fact, it's been shown that as little as 2 minutes of movement can help reduce neck and shoulder pain.

Do you want to work with movement and pain prevention in the workplace? Then contact Health Group, we're happy to help with small initiatives with big effects.