Muscle, bone, and joint health

Musculoskeletal disorders—the formal name for muscle, bone, and joint problems—are common health issues and can have a huge impact on your quality of life. These disorders limit your normal physical activity due to injury, pain, or disease of the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, be sure to take the symptoms seriously, and seek medical care as soon as possible.

Your personal muscle, bone, and joint health checklist

There are plenty of actions you can take to bolster your muscle, bone, and joint health to prevent future pain and injury. You can get started right now.

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Preventing musculoskeletal pain and injury

As with many other health concerns, focusing on prevention is worth the effort.

Here’s how your Adobe benefits can be a big part of your musculoskeletal health game plan.

Check your workspace

Having an ergonomically friendly workstation can help you avoid working in uncomfortable positions and prevent pain now and in the future.

Adobe’s ergonomics program offers a free self-paced virtual ergonomic assessment, powered by ergoIQ. The tips you get will help you feel better while you work.

Want more resources? Check out the ergonomics page on Inside Adobe.

Is it your eyes?

Poor vision can contribute to leaning forward when reading or working on a computer. Consider getting an eye exam to ensure your vision isn’t contributing to weak posture.

Get moving

Staying active throughout the day is an important part of reducing your risk for neck, back, and joint pain. If you follow a plan for regular exercise, the benefits can be even greater.

  • Work with a fitness professional to ensure you’re using proper exercise techniques. You can use the wellbeing reimbursement program to get reimbursed for these services, along with expenses like gym memberships, ski passes, weights, and virtual exercise classes.
  • Learn about the benefits of taking regular breaks, and visit the Adobe Anywhere page on the Adobe Life app to find guided mobility breaks that you can participate in, that are near your desk. Visit Adobe Anywhere > Wellbeing > Fitness Training > Mobility Break.
  • Try building an exercise habit with the help of LifeDojo.
  • Download the Headspace app to participate in on-demand yoga, stretching, and cardio sessions in the Move section.

Support Recovery with Onsite Services

The Tokyo office has onsite massage and acupuncture services for employees. Schedule your appointment by checking the Health Care Room Webpage. To be sure it’s right for you, get your doctor’s OK before you start a new exercise regimen, especially if you don’t exercise much now.

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Fuel your body

Reduce stress

Where your mind goes, your body will follow: tense and uncomfortable, or calm and relaxed.

Schedule your annual health check

Getting routine preventive care, like having an annual health check, is a key part of staying healthy. These visits can help identify health concerns before they become problems. Your basic annual health check is covered at 100% by your medical plan. Learn more about how to make an appointment

If you’re experiencing symptoms

If you’re feeling some pain or discomfort, don’t ignore it! Timely intervention can keep a small problem from becoming a bigger issue.

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I need to build some healthy habits

Your Adobe benefits can help make a change for the better.

I need to build some healthy habits

I feel discomfort when sitting at my desk

Check the ergonomics of your workspace.

I feel discomfort when sitting at my desk

Take a look at this quick posture guide [PDF] to see if you’re properly positioned.

For a more comprehensive look at your space, start with a self-paced virtual ergonomic assessment, powered by ergoIQ. Visit the ergonomics page to learn more.

I injured myself

Get the care you need without delay.

I injured myself

If it’s an emergency, dial 119.

If you need care right away, and your injury is not life-threatening, your local medical facility is probably your best bet for quick, appropriate care.

I got hurt at work

Report what happened, whether you have sudden back pain after lifting something heavy, or a sore knee after slipping and falling.

I got hurt at work

First, get the care you need. If you’re in the office, reach out to Adobe Security at +1 408-536-4444 or, or dial 119 for an emergency.

Then, submit a request to the Support Center to report your injury. Choose Employee Resource Center (ERC) as the category.

Learn more about time off.

I have lower back pain

Acting early can help avoid more serious problems later.

I have lower back pain

First, pay attention to your symptoms and what might cause the pain—like sitting at your desk for a long time or lifting something heavy.

  • If your discomfort is coming from sitting at your desk, consider an ergonomic assessment
  • You can also talk to your doctor about your symptoms and whether you should see a specialist.

Stress is contributing to my pain

Feeling calmer and more relaxed can help relieve physical discomfort.

Stress is contributing to my pain

  • Access mental health support and confidential counseling through GuidanceResources.
  • Your free Headspace membership can help with mindfulness and meditation techniques, including a pain management course and pain-at-night meditation.

Don’t delay

Studies show that the longer you delay getting treatment for a musculoskeletal issue, the longer it takes to recover, the more expensive the required treatment, and the greater the chances of a recurring problem.

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Recovering from an injury

Recovering from an injury can be a long process, but taking the proper steps to fully recover is worth the time. As you work with your doctors and follow their advice, you can reduce your chance of pain or re-injury in the future.

Consider using these resources as additional support in your recovery journey.

Stay accountable with LifeDojo

LifeDojo coaches can help you stick to your physical therapy program or other medical recommendations with regular check-ins and realistic goal setting.

Find mindfulness with Headspace

Through your free Headspace membership, you can practice mindfulness to support your mental and physical recovery. These resources might be particularly helpful (and there are a lot more to explore):

  • Sports recovery course
  • Managing anxiety course
  • Navigating change course
  • Pain management course
  • Pain at night meditation

Consider emotional support with GuidanceResources

Caring for your mental wellbeing is an important part of physical recovery. Through GuidanceResources, you can access 12 free confidential counseling sessions per issue each year to support your mental health needs. You also have access to resources to help you along the way.

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