Effects of an active break and postural shift intervention on preventing neck and low-back pain among high-risk office workers: a 3-arm cluster-randomized controlled trial

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Key Points

  1. Regular active breaks or postural shifts may prevent the onset of low back or neck pain in at-risk office workers.
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Low back and neck pain are highly prevalent in office workers and can be the cause of significant disability. Several interventions have been proposed to reduce the adverse effects of prolonged sitting, but no studies have examined interventions aiming to prevent the development of low back or neck pain. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of activity breaks and postural shifts for office workers at risk of developing neck or low back pain.

Low back and neck pain are highly prevalent in office workers.
Changing position or taking breaks from sitting may be more feasible for people in an office setting compared to completing an exercise program.


Included in this study were 1500 office workers without a history of neck or low back pain in the previous 6 months, but who were found to be at risk for non-specific neck or low back pain. Participants who met

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