The Health & Safety Executive estimates that musculoskeletel disorders, which include back pain cost UK employers between £590 million and £624 million per year.
In 2009/10 6.9 million working days were lost in the UK through conditions relating to back, neck & upper limbs.
A survey published in 2000 estimated that almost half the population of the UK (49%) reported lower back pain lasting more than 24hrs.
Back pain is just as common in adolescents as it is in adults.
The National Health Service spends more than £1 billion per year on back pain related costs with a further £565 million being spent by the private healthcare sector.
Whatever backache might mean for the economy, for each individual it means an immense impairment of their well-being, a significant restriction of their mobility and a great loss of their quality of life.
Backache comes from bad posture, especially when sitting, and lack of movement.
On a conventional office chair your body is locked in a seat pan between two armrests and the backrest and has to adapt to the inflexibility of the seat. The result: hunched back, tension, pain.
Office staff spend about 85% of their professional day sitting.
In the course of a working life we spend about 80,000 hours sitting. Plus sitting in our leisure time, when watching television, driving, playing computer games...