Due to COVID-19, we took a break from break face-to-face appointments at the clinic.
This period gave me time to reflect, and I realised just how much I enjoy and value my job. It was not long before I was itching to get back to work, once it was safe to do so.
I'm now heading into my fourth full week back in the clinic, treating clients face-to-face, able to use my full range of clinical skills. I've been able to use a fully integrated physiotherapy approach, with a combination of manual therapy, medical acupuncture, advice and specific exercise programmes. It is super to be back, doing useful and meaningful work while seeing the diary filling back up with appointments.
Of course, there have been a few changes, like the new PPE we now wear when treating clients as well as enhanced health and safety measures to reduce further the risk of spreading infection. It did not take long to get used to the new systems and procedures. Once I got back into the swing of things, it felt like I had never been away!
It has been great to get back to help relieve people's pain, restore mobility, improve function as well as improve quality of life.
From a clinical point of view, I am treating many clients with neck pain, tension headaches and back pain due to from working at home. The main reason is due to different work station arrangements, including greater use of laptops. Clients are also are spending more time at their desks, on video calls instead of face to face meetings, and are often moving less during the workday. My advice is to try and take regular movement breaks or 'snacks' and incorporate a few simple exercises throughout the day. Frequent movement is so important to keep our bodies mobile and pain-free. We also discuss posture and work station setups (ergonomics) at home and see if there is anything we can add or change around to improve it.
As humans, we are very adaptable but sometimes need a little help. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort since you began working from home, please give us a call, and we can arrange an appointment to assess and treat you.
By Katie Farrell.
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