Archive for September, 2014

A solution to ‘Blackberry thumb’?

Rewriting the Smartphone keyboard is hopefully a brilliant way to decrease the incidence of ‘Blackberry Thumb’. Prevention is always better than cure and I hope this new keyboard enables people to work more efficiently and less painfully from their hand held devices. It is of course better to vary work postures and patterns and to use all sorts of equipment throughout the working day: pens and pencils, hand held devices, lap tops and computers can all be used rather than being stuck to a hand held device. It is also important that you move whilst working to increase blood flow to muscles and that you do not always sit still – try standing, walking, kneeling and squatting as some postural variations. Keeping muscles hydrated by drinking up to 2 litres of water a day can make working muscles more effective and ensures that more breaks are taken within the working day as you need to go to the toilet! Read this article and be inspired - entrepreneur Jon Reynolds at 28 years of age has redesigned the Smartphone Keyboard. Up until now this has been a dream of his and now it is a reality. Imagine how things would be if we all keep dreaming and striving for developments and possibilities within our own specialist fields.

Posted in NEWS on September 23rd 2014

Fingernails can speak!

Fingernails are important in many ways to enabling functional use of our hands, but they can also tell us a lot about our health. This article is of interest and may provide some insight for you. Please consult your doctor if you are worried about any matters that this article may raise.

Posted in NEWS on September 18th 2014

Post Summer Blues

With the summer holidays coming to a close and September just around the corner, we are well into ‘back to school’ season. Returning to a busy workplace or formal studying after a few weeks of relaxation can put a lot of strain on the body leading to untoward injuries.This article discusses common injuries that can occur during this time of the year and how to avoid these.

After a break from the office, returning to your desk chair and computer screen can put a lot of strain on the back. To avoid back pain, make sure your are equipped with an ergonomic chair if you are prone to back pain and remember to take regular breaks from the screen. Set an alert on your phone to remind yourself to take a break and change position.Maintaining strength in the lumbar muscles can also help to avoid back pain. Try a low-impact sport such as swimming or walking to build strength or a parasympathetic exercise such as yoga or meditation to relieve tension caused by stress in the trapezius muscles.

If you are returning to work at the computer or to another repetitive task after a break, you may be at higher risk of developing a case of Repetitive Strain Injury such as Tennis Elbow or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Symptoms can include pain or numbness. To avoid developing RSI, remember to take regular breaks from repetitive tasks and avoid carrying out tasks in awkward positions. If you do experience any pain, try carrying out some simple hand therapy techniques.

Remember to ease yourself back into your regular routine rather than throw yourself back into work at full speed. Some of the most common workplace injuries include sprains and fractures as a result of slips and falls. The same goes for returning to your normal exercise routine after a bit of a break. For more advice on getting back into exercise after a holiday, make sure you read TLOC guest Blogger, Kathryn Tilbury’s article.

If you do suffer from any severe workplace pain, consult a healthcare professional as soon as possible. TLOC now offer clinical neurophysiology as well as non-invasive back pain treatment. Call us on 0207 1816 1000 to book an appointment.

Posted in NEWS on September 3rd 2014

London Hand Therapy:

  • Injury prevention
  • Hand and upper limb assessment and treatment
  • Postoperative management

Hand Therapy is both an art and a rehabilitation science for the upper extremity. The injured limb is evaluated and assessed, and a variety of treatment methods are used to achieve set therapeutic goals.

Hand therapists are qualified Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists who have become skilled in treating upper limb injuries and deformities through further education, training and clinical experience.