Sit stronger in lockdown

In 3 mins Director of Altius Healthcare ltd, Doug Jones, describes three strength exercises that can conveniently be performed at your desk with no equipment to help undo the harmful effects of prolonged sitting for workers working at home during lockdown.

7 May 2020

A huge proportion of our video calls have been spent this month dealing with peoples back and neck pain. The vast majority of patients site prolonged sitting whilst working from home as a key factor as well as not being active whilst being locked down at home.

A large number of people still working have also said they are working much harder than normal and very busy probably due to other team members being furloughed or not able to work due to illness or isolation.

Obviously the effect of lockdown is not just stressful on the body but also on the mind. We know pain is amplified by psychological stress and the pressure of lockdown leading to financial and emotional worries must also have an effect on your ability to control your pain and think positively.

Due to a lack of time and being locked down at home we thought we would produce a short three minute clip showing you some exercises that you may find easy to do at your desk and done regularly will help undo the harmful effects of prolonged sitting.

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Tuck your chin in, squeeze your shoulder blades down and back and aim to get your body as straight as you can and resting at as close to 45 degrees on your desk. Hold this position for 30 secs or as long as you can! Repeat three times a day

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Tuck your chin in, squeeze your shoulder blades down and back and aim to get your body as straight as you can and resting at as close to 45 degrees on your desk. Hold this position for 30 secs or as long as you can! Repeat three times a day

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Tuck your chin in, squeeze your shoulder blades down and back and aim to bridge your body as near to parallel to the floor as you can. You may need a pillow for your back for comfort. Perform as many repetitions as you can. Repeat three times a day

If you find any of these exercises painful please don’t perform them and make contact for more specialist advice. We hope they may give you some ideas on how to keep active in these difficult times. For further information on how to reduce the risk of injury sitting at your desk please do get in contact: 01614011000 info@altiushealthcare.co.uk

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