Monday, November 06, 2006

Office gets physical with neck, back pain

The percentage of people suffering in the workplace ...

"Trying to rub away office stress in your neck and back? You’re not alone, according to a recent study.

Two-thirds of workers reported that they have some kind of physical problems because of job-related stress and exertion.

The most common ailment was fatigue followed closely by stress-related headaches. More than one-quarter of respondents said they’ve experienced back pain or neck strain.

“I’ve seen a number of patients with various aches and pains due to stress, improper posture and use of tools in the work force,” said Dr. Jeffrey Mendelson of St. John Macomb Hospital in Warren, Mich.

“There are several techniques and products that employees can use to alleviate this tension on the body.”

Workplace massages ranked as the most wanted remedy, according to 46 percent of workers, followed by ergonomic desk chairs at 36 percent. Nearly one-quarter said larger or adjustable computer screens would alleviate some of their pain, while 27 percent would rather take more breaks to relieve stress.

Swingline Workplace Tools, a unit of ACCO Brands Corp., sponsored the study and polled 909 adults nationwide who work in offices.

Car show

Not all consumers add flames and neon lights to their wheels, but most personalize their cars through some kind of modification, according to a recent survey from Consumer Reports.

More than three-fourths of consumers ages 18 to 34 and 74 percent of 35-to-50-year-olds personalize their vehicles, while 68 percent of drivers 55 and over change their cars.

The auto tuning trends cuts across gender lines too, with 70 percent of women and 77 percent of men doing it. “The car-customizing tradition is as old as the automobile itself,” said Jeff Bartlett, deputy editor for autos at “The common perception is that the only modifiers today are young men, but the fact is, making a car uniquely your own is an equal-opportunity indulgence."    (Continued via    [Ergonomics Resources]

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