Ken Buckley, CEO and founder of corporate health provider Healthworks, has been working to improve the wellness of office workers for more than 30 years and can see the impact of spending hours seated at work. “Chronic disease is spreading through the Western world and it’s getting worse: we’re working longer hours and we don’t get up from our desks and communicate with each other,” he says. Common health problems for desk-bound workers include neck, back
and shoulder issues, especially if desks and chairs aren’t ergonomic. Studies show up to 45 per cent of people suffer work-related neck pain, and lower-back pain is one of the most common causes of disability for working-aged people.