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Almost 31 million days of work were lost last year due to back, neck and muscle problems, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Although the country’s workforce has largely swapped heavy manual labour for sitting in offices, musculoskeletal problems have been the primary cause of absenteeism for the past five years, and the UK has one of the highest rates in Europe.
So why have bone and joint complaints persisted?
“Sitting is the new smoking,” explains Prof Steve Bevan, director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at the Work Foundation.
“The more sedentary you are the worse it is for your health.”
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