Australian office workers are being urged to sit less and move more as part of an annual health initiative.
Today (May 21) marks the start of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia's Spinal Health Week, with this year focusing on posture in the workplace.
A new study released by the health body as part of its 2012 campaign has revealed that more than half of office workers around the country failing to take breaks to stand and move around – despite sitting for almost 16 hours a day.
"It's critical we get off our backsides and move more because sitting for too long and in the wrong position can have a detrimental effect on our spine and on our overall health," CAA spokesman Billy Chow said today.
Australians concerned about back pain may be able to benefit from the access to therapies such as chiropractic services offered by many private health insurance policies.
Dr Chow also explained that with 75 per cent of Australians having no clear workplace guidelines regarding sitting correctly and taking breaks from desks or computers, employers should make the health of their staff a priority.
"If workplaces address what is a very serious situation, it will increase the health and wellbeing of their employees which means they’ll be happier and more productive,” he added.
Offering a corporate health insurance policy may also prompt employees to address any back pain issues they may have.