Data suggests that frequent, short, standing rest breaks may help to reduce symptoms of some spinal pain, however they are only a temporary solution (1). In another study of truck drivers, exercises during break periods consistently help to minimise Low Back Pain and disability (2). Hence it seems best while on a rest break do some gentle exercises. Every 15 minutes it is a good idea to do at least thirty seconds of movement. That is really only 2 minutes of movement every hour when you are working. Eg stand up and stretch and do the exercises below for thirty seconds.
Exercise has some eﬀect in secondary prevention — ie, the prevention of recurrence (3). The picture that emerges is that post-treatment exercises likely reduce the rate and the number of recurrences and the days on sick leave, and increase the time to recurrence (4). Therefore, any general exercise such as stretching, strengthening, endurance training and posture education could be implemented to help manage spinal pain.
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(1) Sheahan P.J., Diesbourg T.L., Fischer S.L. The eﬀect of rest break schedule on acute low back pain development in pain and non-pain developers during seated work. Appl Ergon. 2016;53:64–70
(2) Ghasemi M, Khoshakhlagh AH, Ghanjal A, Yazdanirad S, Laal F. The impacts of rest breaks and stretching exercises on lower back pain among commercial truck drivers in Iran. Int J Occup Saf Ergon. 2018 Jun 7:1-8.
(3) Choi BK, Verbeek JH, Tam WW, Jiang JY. Exercises for prevention of recurrences of low-back pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Jan 20;(1):
(4) Foster NE, Anema JR, Cherkin D. Et Al. Prevention and treatment of low back pain: evidence, challenges, and promising directions. Lancet. 2018 Jun 9;391(10137):2368-2383