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Text Neck, Thumb Stress and Other New Diagnoses of 2017
Tech injuries: the world’s next health scare
Our laptops, tablets and mobile phones have become extensions of our limbs, and new, previously-unseen health problems are on the rise.
Holiday time often means more screen time for kids and also checking emails on phone etc. We are seeing more and more people as a result of the technologically driven world we live in today. Whilst this world is all about instantaneous gratification where everything is done in a click of a button, it’s time we thought about the effects that will be felt further down the line.
A 2010 British study found children with more than two hours screen time a day were 60 per cent more likely to have psychological problems, while iPad use increased the incidence of back pain in kids aged 11 to 16.
Another recent UK study last year found that a huge 84 per cent of people aged 18 to 24 had experienced back pain in a 12-month period, causing them to lose an average of 1.5 working days each per year.
And, a World Health Organisation study found that the incidence of lower back pain was higher in developed countries than in developing countries despite a lower rate of manual labour.
The WHO cited “urbanization and industrialization” of the developed world as the culprit, implying “more repetitive movements and a loss of control over work scheduling”.
From ‘text neck’ to ‘thumb stress’, here are the tech health problems that are on the rise.
A new study from a New York doctor has revealed all that time spent hunched over your phone texting can have a lasting effect.
According to the study, people spend an average of two to four hours a day with their heads bent over reading or texting on their phone.
When you consider how heavy your head is (it makes up around eight per cent of your total body weight), it’s easy to see why your neck may suffer.
As soon as we bend forward we increase the pressure on the spine. At a 60-degree angle, which is often how far people bend, the force on the spine can be equal to 27 kilograms.
In the short term, this will lead to some pretty nasty neck pain.
In the long term, you’re facing posture problems and accelerated degenerative decline.
If you’re a constant text messager, you may have noticed pain in your thumbs, fingers, hands or arms after a particularly fervent gossip session.
The condition tendonitis can arise from the repetition of a particular movement over time.
Arm pain and nerve entrapments can also occur from typing on your phone or laptop.
The key message is to pick the device that’s right for the task
If you’re planning on writing a lot, switch to a desktop computer and leave your phone for shorter conversations.
Technically, the perfect posture is when you’re long and tall through the neck, with your shoulder blades gently retracted and your ears in line with your shoulders.
Desktop computers with the keyboard separated from the screen are really nice because they provide a neutral position of your body.
However, as soon as you tie to keyboard to the screen like with a laptop, you’re basically forcing your eyes and hands to be in a similar position, which places demands on both.
Basically, expect to end up looking like something out of the The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
What’s worse, sitting for long periods can cause your hip flexes to tighten and your buttocks to weaken, leaving you with little mobility or stability.
This can lead to chronic lower back pain.
If you’d like one of our Physio to check your posture and give you some solutions to either help or prevent one of these new problems then please make an appointment today.
Book online www.squareonephysio.com.au or call 9968 3424
Many of our patients have found our Clinical Pilates programs to be a key in reducing their postural pain and improving the way their body feels and moves.
December 27, 2017 0 Comments
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Everyone told me that the first six months of my little girls life would go so quickly! Honestly wasn't so sure, I thought that I might get a bit bored while I wasn't working, after all I can't remember the last day I had off to "do nothing".
Pelvic Girdle Pain - What is PGP?
As many as 50% of women experience PGP during pregnancy. Happily, 90% of women recover from PGP within 12 months of having their baby. However, up to 10% of women can continue to have significant PGP and disability 2 years post-birth.
PGP refers to pain felt either in the back of the pelvis, on one or both sides and/or pain over the pubic joint. Pain in generally located between the top of the pelvis and the bottom of the buttocks. Pain may be referred into the buttock and/or down the leg, so it’s often confused with sciatica
PGP involving the pubic symphysis joint can also refer pain to the groin, inner thigh, lower abdomen and vaginal area.
PGP is a condition often misdiagnosed, misunderstood and poorly managed.
What causes PGP during pregnancy and after having a baby?
During pregnancy there are many changes that occur to your body that change the way it works. There are obvious changes that include:
· Your tummy growing, which stretches your abdomen and stomach muscles
· The weight of your baby sitting on your pelvic floor muscles throughout the pregnancy, providing a slight stretch to them
· Your centre of gravity, or balance point, moving forward as your tummy grows, which adds increased load to your back and challenges your balance
Less obvious are the hormonal changes that occur, right from the first trimester, which changes the ‘stretchiness’ of your ligaments. Relaxin is one of the hormones responsible for this increase in ligament laxity, as it changes the collagen structure of your connective tissue (which makes up ligaments). Connective tissue, including ligaments, helps control your joints and support your pelvic floor muscles.
Last month we welcomed Sol into the Titled Physio fold after she completed her Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.
SquareOne now have 5 Titled Physios - with only 1500 in Australia we sit well above the average for your average Physio clinic! (FYI -there are only 10 at the Australian Institute of Sport)
Any wonder SquareOne continues to be the preferred Physio provider for Mosman and surrounds.
On 1st July we will move to a tiered pricing structure for our Physiotherapy consults to reflect the extra knowledge, expertise and case management you receive when seeing one of our Titled Physios.
"Running will ruin your knees," a phrase I’m sure we have all heard. Despite what your well-meaning but potentially ill-informed neighbours, co-workers, and relatives may have told you, there's no evidence that regular running damages knees.
Whilst menopause comes with many (not so pleasant) symptoms, the great news is that you can help manage many of them with exercise.
Exercise has many benefits post menopause including maintaining and improving:
• Muscle strength
• Bone density
• Joint flexibility
• Mood and general wellbeing
There are many different types of exercise so you should choose something that you enjoy, fits in with your lifestyle and helps manage your individual symptoms.
Types of exercise:
Aerobic exercise: This type of exercise works your heart and lungs, and is also important to prevent or manage heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar. This is any exercise that gets you huffing and puffing including activities such as cycling, swimming, tennis and gardening. It is important to avoid high impact activities such as running and jumping to protect your joints and pelvic floor as these are weaker post menopause.
Flexibility: Stretching and gentle respective movements increase the length of your muscles, resulting in improvement in your range of joint movement. Yoga is a great form of exercise to achieve this.
Resistance/Strength Training: This exercise uses weights, exercise bands, or body weight to help strengthen your bones and muscles whilst also improving your balance and coordination.
Functional Training (Clinical Pilates): Training your pelvic floor muscles to contract and relax as needed assists you to regain or prevent incontinence and prevent prolapse symptoms. This functional training is best done with an individualised exercise program that is designed to suit your individual needs. These exercises also enhance any strength training program and assist in flexibility or balance.
At SquareOne we use Clinical Pilates equipment to rehabilitate the function of pelvic floor muscles and deep abdominals, so that they automatically work during everyday activities. Clinical Pilates combines with a specific home exercise program will assist in achieving optimal function more quickly.
What can a Women’s Health Physiotherapist do for you menopausal symptoms?
A Women’s Health Physiotherapist can assess you individually and tailor an exercise program to address any particular issues and goals that you may have.
At Mosman Women's Health, our physiotherapists have extra training in managing older women and in particular exercise prescription for the different needs of the menopausal woman.