This article includes Tips for preventing pain while working at your desk.
Some people may think injuries don’t occur with sedentary desk jobs, but, unfortunately that isn’t true. Many times bad posture and an improper work station can contribute to aches and pains such as carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain and neck pain. Below are some tips for avoiding these common complaints and work toward preventing pains.
- Get up and move at least one time each hour.
- Take an arm break. Shrug your shoulders, raise your arms, stretch your hands and reach for the ceiling
- Tighten and relax your abdominal muscles while you are sitting
- Stretch out your hamstring- the back of your leg
- Stretch your hip flexors- the muscle in the crease of the front of your hip.
- Squeeze your shoulder blades together by pulling them down and together.
- Take deep “belly breaths”.
- Make sure your workstation allows for you to keep your wrists straight, and not flexed upward, to use your keyboard.
- Check your chair height and keep your hips in a good position. Bent at 90-120 degrees is acceptable.
- Keep your monitor at eye level.
An office job in itself can be challenge enough at times, adding pain on top of your busy schedule can make it unbearable! Anyone can start experiencing these aches and pains, but following the suggestions above will help decrease any tension and tightness you might feel from being seated for most of the day. Still have symptoms? Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider or give Contact Physical Therapy a call at either of our locations.
Do you have a job that requires you to sit all day? It is very important to get up and stretch! Your hip flexors can become very tight from remaining in a sitting position all day. To avoid common aches and pains, be sure to incorporate a hip flexor stretch into your daily routine. In this video Noah Arenson, with Contact Physical Therapy, demonstrates how to complete two simple hip flexor stretches.
Click on the video below to watch the different hip flexor stretches you can do at work!
An office job in itself can be a challenge enough at times, adding pain on top of your busy schedule can make it unbearable! Anyone can start experiencing these aches and pains, but by following the above mentioned hip flexor stretches and suggestions listed in our Our Don’t Slouch Post you will help decrease any tension and tightness you might feel from being seated for most of the day.
Still have symptoms? Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider or give Contact Physical Therapy a call at either of our locations.
Back School Success!
Our Back School in Mesa had a good turnout and was very informative for East Valley residents suffering from back pain. Content presented by Jim Irvin PT, included proper stretching techniques, lifting mechanics, sleeping posture and tips to help neck pain, along with a number of other items.
Thank you to Dr. McCauley for coming out to our Contact Physical Therapy location in Mesa and contributing to the presentation and answering patient questions. For more information on Dr. McCauley visit McCauley Pain Center of Arizona.
Please comment below if you are interested in attending any of our future Back School seminars!
We are excited to announce our Back School in Mesa! Read the details below for information on our presenters and event details. If you have back pain or recently had back surgery, register for the Back School and come out to learn from our therapists. We will have a Q&A at the end for any of your questions regarding back pain.
The Back School in Mesa Arizona: Learn how to live free from pain
The Back School in Mesa Arizona is helping patients prevent back pain through stretches, stabilization exercises, posture and more Reserve your spot for our July Session of The Back School!
July 11, 2012
4850 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 114
Mesa, AZ 85206
Presenter: Jim Irvin, PT
Jim graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science/Biomechanics from Arizona State University and received his Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. He is a Valley native and has been practicing physical therapy in the East Valley since 1995. His specialties include manual therapy, sports medicine and therapeutic exercise. Jim has a strong background in exercise science research and has patented a piece of exercise equipment used for core stabilization and resistance training.
Guest Speaker: Michael McCauley, MD
Dr. McCauley has been practicing pain management in the Valley since 1982. He uses an integrative approach to evaluating and treating his patients and their pain issues. He does a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic spinal injections to diagnose and treat various spine problems, as well as other conditions. He is a firm believer in rehabilitation and encourages patients to always work on integrating this into their daily lives.
Summer Olympics Coming Soon!
We are coming up on the 2012 Summer Games, reflecting back to 2008 we saw there were a high incidence of ankle sprain and thigh injuries. Although these injuries happened to high-level athletes, the general active population is exposed to the same types of injuries through sports such as soccer and hockey. Below are some ways Physical Therapy can help your Weekend Warriors or Olympic Hopefuls get back in their game!
• Acute Care: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (RICE) • Recovery, on average, takes about 8 physical therapy visits, depending on severity. • Manual therapy to improve range of motion and decrease any swelling. • Strength exercises to begin to improve overall strength of the lower extremity. • Improve proprioception. The athlete would demonstrate proper ankle control and balance for greater than 30 seconds. The athlete would be progressively challenged with activities in standing. And, the athlete would demonstrate proper control with dynamic hopping and jumping activities. • The athlete would have NO pain or laxity with ankle stress tests. • At therapy completion, we would expect the athlete to demonstrate full ROM and strength. • Athlete can return to play when able to and is cleared by supervising physician.
• Acute Care: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (RICE) • Recovery, on average takes about 10 physical therapy visits, depending on severity. • Mild stretching of the hamstrings, quadriceps, achilles, and IT band should be started gently and become more aggressive as pain permits. • Incorporate proprioception activity as pain permits. • Utilize the stationary bike to gently provide range of motion to the injured area. • Begin Progressive Resistance Exercises as pain as motion permit. • Start general and functional activity to improve overall strength. • Return to full activity when bilateral quad strength is equal & athlete is cleared by physician.
Have additional questions or concerns? Contact Physical Therapy is here to help you and your patients. Please contact us at either of our locations.