Monday, May 18, 2020

4 Stretches to Provide Pain Relief While Working at Home

If you’ve been working from home, think about how much movement you’re getting throughout the day. You wake up, walk from your bedroom to the kitchen, poor a cup of coffee, then head to your home office to begin the day. Lunchtime rolls around when you grab a bite to eat, then back to work. When the day finally ends, you probably go sit at the kitchen table, eat dinner, relax on the couch to unwind, and then off to bed … only to wake up the next day and do it all over again. This is a typical day for millions of Americans right now.

What’s the answer?

You have to get your body moving and out of the house! Take 30-45 minutes to work out in the morning or afternoon. This could be a walk or run around the neighborhood, or a series of body weight exercises. If you’re lucky enough to have a home gym, go ahead and pump some iron. Mobility is also important! Spend 2-3 minutes every hour stretching. That might seem like a lot, but its only 2-3 minutes, and in reality, if you mute yourself on those conference calls, so you can multitask.

Spending 2-3 minutes every hour to do some general maintenance on your body will help counteract a lot of the physical stress and achiness you experience while working from home.

Read the full article on our website to see the 4 stretches Dr. Gessert recommends to keep you active while working at home.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Getting Relief from Back Pain while Working from Home

Many folks have been working from home over the past month and a half, and many of our favorite businesses have shut down. Gyms, restaurants, movie theaters, schools, and daycares are the places we frequent the most.

Since we’re encouraged to leave our homes only for groceries and essential health services, most of us have been pretty sedentary.

Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle leads to a myriad of health problems. According to the World Health organization, a sedentary lifestyle leads to an increase in all causes of mortality. It also leads to double the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

In addition to chronic conditions, being sedentary contributes to a number of musculoskeletal conditions including shoulder, hip, neck, mid-back and low back pain. It’s estimated that up to 80% of people experience low back pain at least once in their lifetime. Along with pain comes the psychological effects, like depression, grief, and discomfort. It’s easy to see that sitting around all day, even if you’re working, is not good for your health. How can you get back pain relief?

Read more on our website!