Comic drawing depicting a marriage of a man carrying a woman in his arms. Both have back pain, with the man it is in the lower back and the woman in the upper back under the shoulders - SANTERGO
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Back pain, strange to say, is gender-specific. Women complain about back pain more often than men, although there are pain-related Differences.

Women experience tension and discomfort, especially in the upper back. In men, the pain usually originates in the lower back in the areas of the sacrum and lumbar spine. What are the causes?


Cartoon drawing with man and woman with different back pain, in the man in the lower back, in the woman in the upper back - SANTERGO

1. Type of work performed: Women work much more in a seated position, while men often lift and carry heavy loads. Men also tend to overdo it with exercise or overdo it while working in the house and garden.


2. Lifestyle: Even today, working mothers are still doing most of the housework. The double burden of work and family life literally weighs on the upper back.


3. Physical condition: By nature, women generally have less muscle power than men. This results in a higher load on the spine, especially during pregnancy.


4. Clothes: High heels are detrimental to the upper back. The carrying straps of handbags that go over a shoulder also cause problems in the upper back area.


Muscle tension is one of the main causes of back pain. Heat can release muscle tension.

Therefore, do yourself a favor now and then – treat yourself to a hot bath or place a hot water bottle on the tensed muscle area.


If the topic of ergonomics in the office or home office appeals to you and you are interested in it more deeply, I can recommend my book “Wellness in the Office”. Combined with humorous drawings, I pass on 50+1 tips to make your office a little paradise.

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Christoph Hohl comes from Switzerland and is an ergonomics expert. For more than 20 years he has been offering many solutions with different products and many tips to provide more quality of life and a greater sense of well-being. SANTERGO is a special piece of this mosaic.