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The back and neck pains of working from home

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Home Workstation Set-up help for you online

The benefits of DSE assessments might not be something that gets your heart beating faster, but it can make your back and neck less achy! With so many people currently working from home at rather awkward “workstations” (to use the term loosely), this has suddenly become a huge issue. The BBC is regularly reporting on the long-term problems likely to arise if we don’t sit properly, using the best possible screen, chair and keyboard positioning. If you would like a 15 minute assessment of your at-home working set-up (done remotely online), please call us or just book yourself in here. We have lots of easy “hacks” that can help you adjust to a safer and more comfortable working environment. 

Continue reading below if you would like to learn more about the importance of the right positioning for your chair, screen, keyboard, feet, mouse (etc), and how your working set-up can cause long-term back, neck, shoulder, eyesight and repetitive strain injuries if left unchecked. 

As Aristotle said, ‘you are what you repeatedly do’. Or in this case, your body reflects how you use it most often. Compromising your posture for long periods of time can cause a lot of problems.

The (back) pains of working from home

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How do you stop back or shoulder pain- when cleaning?

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5 Tips to reduce back and shoulder pain 

Spring is a great season for your annual deep cleaning; it allows you to scour your home of accumulated dust, dirt and grease while you disinfect and declutter your house. However you have to pay attention to your posture  when cleaning in order to avoid back pain and other injuries. 

Some common chores such as: dusting, washing, mopping, vacuuming or window cleaning and so on; involve lifting, pulling, bending, holding, twisting etc. We do these all the time without paying attention to our posture, increasing the risk of back or neck pain or injury.

Good posture is the most effective way to prevent back and neck pain. It is important  that you keep good manual handling techniques when performing  any activity that requires the use of force like lifting, pushing or holding. Many patients that visit our clinic with lower back pain or neck pain come  as a result of bad posture when cleaning, making extra effort when it isn’t necessary or being in the same position, or doing repetitive movements for a long period of time.

We have put together some tips on how to reduce back and neck pain whilst cleaning your house.

Back pain tips

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Breathing exercises to increase lung capacity and clear the lungs

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5   Breathing exercises to  help coronavirus patients with respiratory symptoms

Your lung capacity is the total amount of air your lungs can hold. This can be affected over time as the lung capacity normally starts decreasing slowly as you pass your mid-20s.

Some conditions significantly speed up these reductions in lung capacity and functioning such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), leading to difficulties in breathing and shortness of breath.

You cannot change your lung capacity in terms of how much oxygen your lungs can hold. However, you can do some exercises that may help to maintain your lung capacity, making it easier to keep your lungs healthy and get your body the oxygen it needs.

Let’s have a closer look.

Breathing exercises

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Chest Congestion Relief- Steam therapy

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Home remedy for chest congestion

Air pollution, smoking, viruses, dirt and germs are part of our daily life, that’s why it’s so important to pay attention to our lung health.

 Steam inhalation is one of the most recommended therapies worldwide and it has been used for more than 3500 years.  It is low cost, 100% natural and you don’t need to invest in equipment. 

Steam therapy is a technique in which you inhale water steam. In this technique, you introduce warm moist air into your nose, throat and lungs to alleviate congestion and other respiratory symptoms.

What are the benefits of steam therapy?

 The steam adds warmth and moisture to the air, it improves breathing and helps loosen mucus inside the airways and the lungs. It also relaxes throat muscles, reducing soreness and inflammation, and dilates blood vessels improving blood circulation.

Steam Therapy for chest congestion

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