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Office syndrome isn’t just a workplace problem, according to one soft tissue therapist

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We live in a city where massage shops are more commonly found than hair salons or som tum carts. That goes to show how widespread muscle tension has become over the past decade, thanks in part to the growing reliance on smartphones and computers. We’ve conveniently named the soreness “office syndrome” because it seems to happen to office people more than other groups. But is it really fair to blame office work for the pain? 

Office syndrome is a group of symptoms suffered by 60-70% of office workers between the age of 16 and 35 years and is one of the most common job-related injuries. But Pablo Tymoszuk, a soft-tissue therapist from Australia, clarified that it is actually quite unfair to assume that office syndrome is caused by office work alone.

“I really believe posture plays a big role in developing what we call office syndrome. We might sit cross-legged at the office, but we also do that when having coffee with friends or at dinner. Sometimes, women tend to sit on a couch at home, lean to the side and cross their legs. In those positions, the pelvis is asymmetric and the spine is twisted,” explained Tymoszuk. “You can’t just blame it on the office — that’s too narrow-minded.”

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