It’s getting to that time of the year again so what better reason to keep you all in the loop with the general goings on at the Clinic:
We’ve included a brief Covid-19 update to keep you informed of how we are keeping the practice (and in turn, you and the team,) safe; whilst also offering some advice for those of you with physical jobs involving heavy lifting in the workplace. The same can be applied for those of you getting the Christmas tree out this year! Please also see below our opening times over the holidays.
All members of staff will continue to wear full PPE.
Patients receiving treatment are still required to wear face masks unless exempt.
Receptionists will open/close the door for patients entering/ leaving the clinic in order to keep touch points for patients to a minimum.
Patients can now use the waiting room if appropriate- provided that they wear a face mask.
Please be patient with us as we try to implement all of the above in order to keep everyone safe. Thank you
Advice for physical work:
If your work involves lifting or more physical activities you need to be careful that you are not putting yourself at risk of injury or long-term health problems.
One of the biggest causes of back injury at work is due to lifting incorrectly. Additionally, continuous repetitive activities, or staying in the same position for extended periods of time, can also lead to pain and discomfort. Being aware of how to move correctly when at work can keep you healthy for longer and keep you safe from injury.
Before you lift any object, try to establish its weight and if you can indeed lift it safely. If in any doubt, don’t attempt it.
Check your destination. Make sure you know where you are going to deposit your load and you have no obstructions in the way.
Lift in stages. See if you can phase your lift. For example from floor to table and then to destination. Once at the destination can you lift it in stages to its desired location?
The golden rule of lifting – Bend at the knees and not your back!
Remember do not bend forward from your back to lift an item.
Before you start to lift make sure your footing is stable, keeping a wide stance.
Get a good hold of the item and keep the item close to your body as you move up, using your legs to straighten up.
Avoid twisting your back/body when lifting or positioning a load.
Awkward places and repetitive movements
If your work involves getting into awkward places or repetitive movements for extended periods of time, this can also put additional stress and strain on your muscles, joints and associated tissues. Overhead movements when decorating, working under cars, on knees fixing carpets or leaning over to fix pipes, are all examples. The demands of your job will often dictate what can you do, but you may want to consider:
Rotating jobs. If you’ve got a number of things to do, try and rotate from one activity to another after a shorter period of time so you don’t get stuck in one position or activity.
Take regular breaks. Short regular breaks that allow you to move into different positions can be helpful
Keep a healthy lifestyle. With a physically demanding job its important to make sure you are eating healthy, and still keeping your body fit for work. Dependant on your job you may want to consider doing other physical activities for fun that will either build strength or your cardiovascular stamina.
How your osteopath can help
Hopefully you can keep healthy at work by introducing the above advice but if you do find yourself suffering from aches and pains such as back and neck ache, elbow or wrist pain, speak to one of our osteopaths who will be able to provide further advice on healthy working habits and treatment if necessary to get you back to work.
What our osteopaths have been seeing:
Our changing lifestyle of working from home (poor desk set-up), too much gardening, increase of exercise, generalised stress anxiety and a lack of sleep means that we are seeing a lot of:
We can help with all of these symptoms.
Christmas opening times:
Thursday 23rd December– Open
Friday 24th– Tuesday 4th January Closed (emergency appointments available if needed)
We are here to help as best we can, so, if you can’t come to the practice, please call with any questions and for advice. We are aware that there are those of you that are still in pain and are unable to access our services as you are currently self-isolating. Just talking over symptoms, a potential diagnosis and advice can help ease pain and worry.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the practice on: 01423 561566. We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.
Chris and everyone at the Harrogate Osteopathic Clinic