Mar 11, 2021

Don't be a lockdown statistic

It’s reported that we have been 40% less active during this last winter lockdown period. We are now seeing more neck and back injuries often associated with increased sitting. There is now no walking to the office, just to the kitchen instead! So, if you don’t want to be a statistic, read our tip below:

neck pain home office advice from St Judes

1. Take regular breaks, get up and move away from your desk. Do another task, rather than just waiting for the kettle to boil, load the dishwasher, the washing machine, fold up the washing. Move little and often.
2. Consider if you can work at different heights - think of your kitchen worktop or chest of drawers as your new standing desk.
3. Set your alarm on your phone to schedule regular breaks and move!
4. Try some simple stretches at your desk:
• 1. Sideways neck stretches.
• 2. Stretching up and lifting the breastbone up whilst bringing your arms out to your sides, bent at the elbows, palms facing forward to stretch across your chest muscles.
• 3. Twisting from the waist (NB never push into pain or pins and needles.)
5. Get up and walk around during a phone call.
6. Get out of the house – walking, running, even if it means wrapping up well, you will be pleased you did.
7. Consider some online fitness after work - yoga, Pilates or a more aerobic workout. (St Judes offer online rehab Pilates classes.)
8. Household tasks such as sweeping, mopping, dusting, all get the heart rate up too.
• Ignore this article!
• Don’t put off till later what you need to now i.e. move.
• Slouch.
• Think I’m never going to be a statistic.
• Forget what we have said!

Article by Moira D’Arcy Grad Dip Phys MCSP
Practice Principal & Physiotherapist
St Judes Clinic, 26 Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1RX
01525 377751