February 2020: On the Treatment Table

February 28 2020

Are you sitting comfortably?

YOU may not be aware that recently we had National Clean off your Desk Day, nowadays there’s a national day for pretty much anything you can think of or even haven’t yet thought of!  If you pardon the pun, National Clean off your Desk day sits on the second Monday of January between National Kiss a Ginger Day and International Kite Day, among other 'must remember' dates. 

Having a clear workspace can improve productivity and reduce stress; in these days of data protection and GDPR it’s also recommended to reduce the risk of losing any sensitive information such as personal data.  So, if you cleared your desk on January 13th, did you also declutter your office or workspace?  This might be a good opportunity to think of your work posture. Sharpening up how you work as well as the environment you work in can help reduce the risk of injury – this can be due to trips and falls as well as the risk of developing common postural complaints such as repetitive strain injuries, back pain and tension headaches.  Here’s a few tips to help:

Keep moving: If you are required to sit in one position for long periods of time as part of your job, at work or perhaps on a long drive, try to take breaks and/or recheck your posture to keep your joints and muscles moving at least every 30-45 minutes.  A simple exercise is rolling the shoulders forwards and backwards a couple of times to relax and reset the muscle tension. 

Get up and stand up: Try to find times in your day where you can stand – why not stand while making a phone call? It’s helpful to include simple movements like this into your day, if you stand for long periods of time then take a break and have a seat to change your posture – change is good!

Set it up right: Setting your workstation up in a comfortable position will help to prevent the onset of back pain throughout the day. Make sure the height of your screen is easily viewable, while a good office chair should support your back to maintain the natural curves of your spine. The height of your seat should allow you to access the desk without over-reaching, so maybe a footstool can also help. 

If you need any further advice on exercise or treatment or preventative care then the team at Action Potential will be happy to help. You can call us on 0117 961 2060, find us on facebook or email enquiries@actionpotential.org.uk to book. We provide a chiropractic, physiotherapy, sports massage and podiatry treatments and Pilates at Kingswood Health Centre.