DESK-BOUND DAN­GERS

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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.

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