According to the research “Office Health” presented by the Italian Ministry of Health (Loudhouse, January 2018), approximately 80% of office workers suffer from discomfort caused by poor posture.
The most common issues manifest in the lower back (6 out of 10 people), neck (5 out of 10), arms, or wrists (3 out of 10). The research estimates an annual cost of €3.36 billion borne by the community and companies due to absences related to postural problems.
Office work carries certain risks, especially when maintaining an incorrect posture for hours, which inadvertently leads to muscle tension that can eventually result in the mentioned issues. In fact, the research reveals that 90% of the respondents sit with a curved back, and an astonishing 85% often cross their legs.
In this case, ergonomics comes to the rescue by offering a set of recommendations for proper sitting posture. As mentioned in previous posts, ergonomics is the science that, based on the analysis of the interaction between humans and their environment, seeks optimal solutions for performing a specific task, such as working in an office while sitting in front of a computer screen.
Let’s summarize the recommendations offered by ergonomics in a
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