Are you suffering from painful 'office knee syndrome'?

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Sitting cross-legged at a desk all day could be affecting your joints...

Hand on knee
According to new research almost a quarter of workers ages 16 to 65 have been living with knee pain for up to two years because of being desk bound.

Working in offices, slouching, crossed legs, carrying heavy handbags and rising levels of obesity have all been blamed for an increase in painful joints.

Sammy Margo, a spokesperson for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said our over-reliance on the internet and desk jobs are to blame for the phenomenon of 'office knee syndrome'.

She said, "I have seen a huge surge in the number of people with knee pain and it is down to the sedentary lifestyle people are leading now. It is very much people with desk based jobs, and some of them have been working for ten to 20 years in these roles."

Although obesity is the main cause of the problem, 'office knee' can also be caused by too much time sitting cross-legged. This makes the weight resting on your pelvis fall on just one of your two 'sitting bones', which can twist your lower spine, change the muscle mass in your lower back and affect your stride.

The trick is to completely avoid sitting cross legged at work, or invest in an under desk foot rest so your feet are in a comfortable position.

If this isn't bad enough, some experts believe that extra pressure on the knees and upper legs leads to unsightly varicose veins and poor circulation.

At work this afternoon, kick off your high heels and sit with your feet shoulder width apart (unless you're in a boardroom meeting!), overtime this should lessen the stress and strain on your knees.

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