When we don't have enough space to work, sciatica, neck pain, lower back pain, and fluid retention are common in our daily lives. Here are some tips to help prevent pain.
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This article has been translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors can occur due to this process.
Creating a space to work from home during those nine months of isolation has been a huge challenge to our health, and that means sitting for hours in a chair that isn't that comfortable isn't the best … Have you ever thought about changing it? ? Have you had any discomfort in your body?
Working from home means spending more than eight hours in front of the computer, which has resulted in a significant increase in cases with the following conditions:
Sciatica. This pain occurs when a herniated disc or spinal spur presses on the nerve, causing discomfort from the lower back to the hips to the back of one or both legs. This pain is so annoying that it restricts movement.
Neck Pain These pains are one of the most common and if you finished your work day by rubbing your neck it is likely that you are suffering from it. While this discomfort isn't always severe, it is annoying and the result of neck strain, especially if the table you are working at is much higher than your chair.
Lower Back Pain These physical ailments manifest along the spine, particularly in the lower back, and their pain can range from moderate to disabling. This happens especially when we stay bent over for more than eight hours. If we do not maintain the correct position, we can even put pressure on the spinal nerves and the muscle strain (stretch) that includes pain and inflammation.
Fluid retention. By restricting our mobility, inadequate hydration, and eating a high-salt diet, our bodies tend to retain fluids, which leads to swelling and pain.
You must have identified yourself with one of these conditions. Here are some more functional tips to help reduce them.
Walk 10 minutes for every hour you spend sitting. This point is very important as it will allow your circulation to flow better and the body will not be stressed by staying in the same position for that long.
Pressotherapy. If you are holding back fluids, pressotherapy will help clear toxins through your urine. This treatment consists of putting your feet in air boots that apply air pressure for 15 minutes, working on four areas of the legs: hip, thigh, calf, and sole of the foot.
Stretching Before you start your work day, we recommend stretching exercises. This is a great way to wake up your muscles, especially when walking from your bed to your work area. There are videos on YouTube that will give you the steps necessary to stretch from your fingers to your torso and neck.
Customize your workspace. This step is fundamental as you will be spending many hours of your day in this room. Make some adjustments to your chair and backrest if necessary. You can accommodate pillows that will force you to straighten up and even raise the height of your seat to make you feel much more comfortable when throwing in front of the computer.
Localized cryotherapy. If you've found the pain to persist and the work becoming increasingly annoying, localized cryotherapy is an option. You will find it in Cryomx, an innovative wellness concept: It consists of the application of liquid nitrogen gas for a period of six to eight minutes at -90 degrees. This therapy will help reduce inflammation of the neck, back, arms, hands and hips, depending on the area of your choice.
With these tips in mind and once you've identified your complaints, it's time to get down to work and change our work from home. Do not wait until the symptoms become unbearable and chronic.