Physical discomforts while working from home?

Do you experience pain or discomfort in your back, neck, shoulders, wrists or other areas, perhaps due to sitting too much and/or working from home? UM is starting an intervention, to help you target problematic areas and make working in your ‘home office’ a little bit more comfortable. You can participate even if you do not have complaints (yet).

Interested in participating in the intervention and coupled research study? Register here before 3 December.

You will be doing exercises designed by a physical therapist, aimed at reactivating and mobilising your back, neck, shoulders and other areas. A trained UM SPORTS coach will explain and show the exercises in a weekly 15-minute Zoom session* with a small group of UM employees, after which you can practice yourself. Additionally, you will have access to an intranet group with videos/photos of all the exercises, the schedule and other information.

You will also be part of a research study into the effectiveness of this intervention. The study will be conducted by UM researchers from the department of Health Promotion as part of the Vitality Works project. For the purpose of this study, you will be invited to fill out several questionnaires: before the start of the intervention and upon intervention completion. By participating in the intervention you agree to be part of the research study into the effectiveness of this intervention and that you will fill out the questionnaires.

The intervention and study will take up 12 weeks in total. We will get started in the week of 7 December and of course we’ll take the holidays into account. After registration has closed, you will receive a schedule of the Zoom sessions (if you choose to participate in those) and the planned exercises per week.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at

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