Out of office work 'could cause back and neck problems'

5 July 2012

People who do excessive amounts of work outside of their contracted hours are at an elevated risk of suffering from back and neck pain, which can lead to further problems, one organisation has warned.

According to a new study by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), many staff are doing up to two hours' extra work each day when they get home or while on the bus or train, as a means of easing workloads and stress.

However, the side-effect of this is that they are spending far too much time in front of the computer or smartphone screen, which can cause back and neck problems.

Commenting on the study, Dr Helena Johnson, chairman of the CSP, said it is a "huge concern" to physiotherapists, who see the consequences of poor posture and bad working every day.

"While doing a bit of extra work at home may seem like a good short-term fix, if it becomes a regular part of your evening routine then it can lead to problems such as back and neck problems, as well as stress-related illness," she added.

Dr Johnson urged workers to speak with your employer if they are feeling under pressure and try to take regular breaks and stay within their designated working hours.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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