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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.