The Silent Suffering of the Office Worker: Unveiling the Scale of Work-related Physical Pain

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Picture this: it’s Monday morning, your alarm goes off, and even before you’ve checked your overflowing inbox, you can already feel it – work is a pain, and not just in the metaphorical ‘oh-no-more-spreadsheets’ kind of way. We’re talking literal, physical pain, the sort that makes you twist and turn in your chair seeking some comfort.

It’s the twinge in your back after hours of sitting, the tension knotting your shoulders, and the way your neck protests at the end of a long day. This is the reality of office life for many.

A telling study from the United States indicates that as many as 38% of office workers experience lower back pain (Albert et al., 2017). This figure is quite alarming, and it’s reasonable to believe that similar patterns would be observed in Australia, considering the comparable office cultures.

Similarly, another study found that an average of 35.6% of office workers reported pain in more than three body segments, with the neck being a common complaint (Cote et al., 2009). This widespread experience of multi-site pain indicates an insidious issue that extends beyond a simple aching back or strained eyes.

Several factors contribute to this escalating prevalence of musculoskeletal discomfort among office workers, notably poor ergonomics and prolonged sedentary behavior. The majority of office tasks are computer-based, leading to extended periods in static postures, which add to the physical distress experienced by workers (Mork & Westgaard, 2009).

In the US, a national survey revealed that 86% of workers sit all day, with over half of them feeling uncomfortable as a result (American Posture Institute, 2016). Given the similarities in working conditions and lifestyles, it is likely that Australian office workers face similar challenges.

A critical component often overlooked in addressing this pervasive issue is the potential benefits of Remedial Massage. Remedial massage uses different techniques to treat tense, knotted, damaged, or immobile muscles. It can be particularly beneficial for office workers experiencing musculoskeletal discomfort.

Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of massage therapy in reducing pain, muscle tension, and anxiety (Cherkin et al., 2011). For office workers, regular remedial massage can provide relief from chronic neck and back pain, reduce stress, and improve mental well-being.

Remedial massage is not just about temporary relief; it can actively contribute to a worker’s overall health, potentially preventing further physical issues down the line.

These sobering statistics highlighted here reveal a deep-seated problem that requires urgent attention. It’s time to shift the narrative around physical pain at work. Improving the quality of work-life isn’t just about mitigating pain; it’s about enhancing overall well-being. And for that, going to work should be a pleasure, not a pain.

This is a call to action for everyone suffering in silence. Don’t let work-related pain become the norm. Reach out for the help that is available to you. If you’re struggling with musculoskeletal discomfort, take control of your health and well-being.

Consider booking a remedial massage at Adaptive Massage. Our skilled practitioners are equipped to tackle your unique issues, addressing your physical pain with customised massage therapy. Remember, prioritising your health is essential, and your body will thank you for it.

At Adaptive Massage, we understand the physical strain that office work can bring, and we’re committed to helping alleviate that burden. We can’t change your work, but we can change how your body responds to it. Through our remedial massage services, we aim to reduce your discomfort, enhance your productivity, and improve your overall well-being.

So why wait? Take a step towards a pain-free work life today. Book your appointment at Adaptive Massage and let us help you turn going to work from a pain to a pleasure. Because you deserve to work in comfort, and we’re here to help you achieve that.


Albert, H. B., Sorensen, J. S., Christensen, B. S., & Manniche, C. (2017). Prognostic factors in chiropractic practice for patients with non-specific low back pain: A prospective survey. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 30(8), 573-582.

Cote, P., van der Velde, G., Cassidy, J. D., Carroll, L. J., Hogg-Johnson, S., & Holm, L. W. (2009). The burden and determinants of neck pain in workers. European Spine Journal, 18(5), 607-618.

Mork, P. J., & Westgaard, R. H. (2009). Back posture and low back muscle activity in female computer workers: a field study. Clinical Biomechanics, 24(2), 169-175.

American Posture Institute. (2016). The Impact of Sitting Time & Physical Activity on Health.

Cherkin, D. C., Sherman, K. J., Kahn, J., Wellman, R., Cook, A. J., Johnson, E., Erro, J., Delaney, K., & Deyo, R. A. (2011). A comparison of the effects of 2 types of massage and usual care on chronic low back pain: a randomized, controlled trial. Annals of internal medicine, 155(1), 1-9.