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For those of us working a 35-40 hour working week, we spend about a third of our working week in the office. Unfortunately these days, regular working weeks are few and far between and people are working longer hours. In many cases, work can be a more stressful place than it was a few years ago. Getting time off work can be difficult, and so working while in pain is a reality for many people. Here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy, we feel that getting the most out of your work time and home time is very important.
Maintaining a correct posture is really important for managing and preventing pain at work. If you’re sitting at a desk keep both feet flat on the floor, use the back of the chair to support you and keep the screen at or slightly below eye level.
Regular breaks are a good way to revitalise the body and the mind. Getting up from your desk once every 40 minutes can help prevent physical and mental fatigue. All that’s needed is to stand up, walk around the office and sit back down, with longer breaks taken less frequently.
New technology means that we are much more contactable than in the past. This makes it harder to switch your brain off when you leave the office. Having a separation between work and home life is important. Whether that means turning your phone off for a period of time to have quality time with family or using some deep breathing or relaxation exercises to switch your mind off.
This is a great way to manage and prevent pain at work. For desk-based workers who spend much time sitting, getting up and going walking is a great way to loosen up after a long day. Exercise in many forms can be relaxing too, thus benefitting the mind as well.
By following these simple steps, your work can become a less stressful and a more positive environment. Feeling happier at work, can make you more productive too, meaning you might be able to leave on time! Contact us at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy for further information on these techniques.