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[16 Sep 2015 | Comments Off on Longer Work Hours Increase Risk of Stroke | ]
Longer Work Hours Increase Risk of Stroke

A new study has found that working more than 55 hours a week “significantly increases your risk of having a stroke”. abc.net.au broke the story this week, citing a study conducted on over 600,000 people over the past 8 and a half years.
Key findings of the study included:

People working 55 hours a week had a 33 per cent greater risk of having a stroke than people who worked a standard 35 – 40 hour week.
The more hours people worked beyond standard hours, the higher their chance of having a stroke …

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[25 Nov 2014 | Comments Off on What texting does to your neck – who knows where to find an aadvark? | ]
What texting does to your neck – who knows where to find an aadvark?

A new study has shed light on the impact of texting on the joints in your neck. A surgeon in the US used a computer simulation to measure the increased weight forces of the head on the neck as it bends further forward. The results were pretty dramatic. Here are a few choice quotes from the article:
“As the head tilts forward the forces seen by the neck surges to 27 pounds (12.2 kilograms) at 15 degrees, 40 pounds (18.1 kilograms) at 30 degrees, 49 pounds (22.22 kilograms) at 45 degrees …

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[29 Sep 2014 | Comments Off on 60 Minutes story on Prolonged Sitting | ]
60 Minutes story on Prolonged Sitting

Last week 60 Minutes ran a story on the perils of prolonged sitting. For a long time I’ve been a firm believer that the length of time you spend sitting is a lot more important then the position you sit in. This is true for musculoskeletal conditions like back pain, neck pain and headaches, but now we’re seeing that this is true for general health conditions like cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. This only takes 12 minutes and is well worth your time. Get up and move Australia!
To watch the story click here.

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[3 Feb 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
The Dangers of Prolonged Sitting

There has been a spate of articles lately, all on various health-related topics, but all with the same theme; prolonged sitting is bad for you. I’ll outline the take home points of a few of them in the hope that I can convince you to get up from your seat every now and then, or, if you work at Mac Bank, that your boss will let you up from your seat every now and then…
I have spoken about this in a general postural sense before when I mentioned that as …

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[25 Jul 2009 | One Comment | ]

More people miss work for back pain than any other ailment except the common cold. These are just some of the disorders associated with Office Tasks: Neck/shoulder tension, Headache, Tendinitis of the wrist & forearm ,Carpal tunnel syndrome, Mid back/shoulder blade pain, Lower back pain, and Sciatica.
The Number 1 mistake people make is that they sit in one position for too long.
Studies have consistently proven the amount of time you sit at the computer (hours keying per day/per week) is more important than posture. And the studies have shown that …

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[25 Jul 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

So sitting at work all day is no good for you. Duh. Now what can we do about it?
It is essential to break the cycle of repetitive strain, muscle fatigue, and pain. To do this we should recharge our muscles and take strain off our joints and discs every 20 minutes. Even if just for 10-30 seconds!
The first and most important thing to do is to stand up frequently. Micro breaks every 20 minutes are crucial to preventing the muscles from tightening.
Simply standing up and extending the lower back a …