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Neck Strain

Meetings, data processing, switchboard work, telephone customer service and a host of other office duties may seem easy but sitting all day actually is stressful on the spine, according to Dr. George I. Traitses of Scarborough/Markham, local representative of the Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA). “This can lead to irritation of the nerves in the neck, and middle and lower back, resulting in general discomfort and stiffness,” says Dr. Traitses. Whether you choose a specialty chair – designed for keyboarding, reception, executive seating or drafting – or simply place a back (orthopedic) support form between you and your old chair – follow the few simple rules for good posture and work habits can help minimize problems.