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Nearly 16 million adults complain of some form of back pain each year

Back Pain and Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)


Back Pain and RSI are common musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs) found in the workplace. RSI most commonly affects the upper limbs, neck and back. It is now a measurable physical condition and is often attributed to the use of keyboards and poorly organised work stations. It can be caused by forceful or repetitive work and bad posture. MSDs are thought to be worsened by stress.

Facts & figures

  • Over 200,000 people per year suffer from RSI.
  • Research by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work indicates that RSI and other MSDs are now the primary cause of absenteeism with 1-2 million working days lost every year.
  • Nearly 16 million adults complain of some form of back pain each year. The Department of Health estimates that around 120 million working days are lost each year to back pain.
  • Back problems represent a huge cost to the economy - five million adults visit their GP with back pain every year, at an overall cost of £140.6 million.

Tension accumulates in your neck, shoulders and back when you spend hours sitting at a desk, driving or in meetings and can lead to musculo-skeletal problems. We can ease this with massage and yoga which reduce muscle pain and stiffness, improve joint flexibility and aid circulation.

REVIVE Yoga & Massage can also provide advice and exercises to improve posture and back care.

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