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Physical activity in the office 18.01.2018

 Inactivity or insufficient physical activity represents a risk factor for metabolic or cardiovascular diseases. In most of cases the nature of work of office employees does not require high physical efforts and consists mostly of sitting. In order to prevent or/and treat the musculoskeletal disorders caused by the most common job demands it is possible to design fitness programs exercises according to the body parts affected.

The main problems related to ergonomics in the office, indicated by the workers are:

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What is a musculoskeletal disorder? 18.10.2017

sore backMusculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common work-related ailments. Throughout Europe, they affect millions of workers and cost employers billions of euros. Tackling MSDs helps improve the lives of workers, but it also makes good business sense.

Typically, MSDs affect the back, neck, shoulders and upper limbs; less often they affect the lower limbs.

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Ergonomics 18.10.2017

Ergonomics 1Ergonomics literally means "laws of work", coming from the Greek words:
- Ergon (work)
- Nomos (law)

The science of fitting the job to the worker.
Fitting the job to the worker, not the worker to the job.
Use your brain, not your back.
Work smarter, not harder.
Fix the job, not the worker.

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Jobs at risk of MSDs 17.10.2017

Back painSeveral studies shows that wide proportion of labor population is at high risk of suffering a work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WMSD). Many activities require maintaining specific postures and perform repetitive tasks for long periods during the workday.

Some diseases like lower back, neck pain and carpal tunnel syndrome present high indexes of the population affected (between 15%-60%) (Collins et al., 2011).

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