If you have a job that requires a lot of sitting, a lot of standing, a lot of staring at computer screens, or any combination of these things, it’s time to talk recovery.
We know what you’re thinking: “I don’t need to recover from sitting all day!” False. Oftentimes, injuries or pain can come from not doing anything, rather than from doing too much of something (like exercising).
Patients of cryotherapy, PBM therapy, and other recovery modalities aren’t limited to just professional athletes. In fact, we see plenty of sufferers of chronic pain and those that experience discomfort, pain, and even soreness from work. This could be exactly what you or your patients need to feel the best at work.
Five things you need to recover from:
- Sitting. Yes, sitting can be bad for you. In fact, we’re seeing more and more heart diseases as well as soreness just from sitting too often. Sitting for 6-10 hours simply cannot be offset by a half-hour workout. Have you ever had neck pain or lower back pain after a long day of work? That’s not from the amount of work you did; it’s from the lack of movement.
- Recovery tip: No matter how much work you have to do, never sacrifice your health. Stand up and move around throughout your day. Even consider working at a standing desk.
- Slouching. We already told you about the impact that sitting for prolonged periods of time can have on your body, but slouching can make it even worse. Many cases of back pain come from sitting improperly or having bad posture. Poor posture can stress or pull your back muscles, causing pain.
- Recovery tip: Good posture helps maintain the natural curves of your back, which keeps it strong and pain-free. Stretch throughout the day, even while sitting at your desk.
- Staring at a computer. Staring at a computer can cause severe damage to your eyes. Putting more strain on your eyes can lead to increased headaches (and bad ones, too).
- Recovery tip: It’s important to limit the amount of time you spend staring at a computer screen by taking breaks and even moving from computer to pen and paper.
- Using a phone. Using a phone regularly may not feel like a big deal, but it’s possible that the pain you’re feeling comes from this. Staring at a phone screen isn’t much better than staring at a computer screen, but let’s go beyond that. If your job requires you to talk on the phone for prolonged periods of time, you may get lazy and hold your phone in positions that can increase pain and stress on your body. How often do you catch yourself holding your phone between your face and your shoulder? This tenses your muscles and pulls them into positions they’re not meant to be in.
- Recovery tip: It’s important to maintain good posture even when speaking on the phone.
- Stress. That’s right. Stressing throughout the day can mean lots of pain later. Stress causes your muscles to tighten and pull, leading to even more pain. If you’ve ever left your job after a stressful day and felt tons of pain before, you know what we’re talking about.
- Recovery tip: It’s important to de-stress as often as possible throughout the day. Take breaks, take walks, and focus on resting.
So how can recovery modalities help with these issues on the job?
Recovery modalities like cryotherapy and PBM therapy can help release oxidative stress and reduce pain and inflammation. We’ve even seen them help sufferers of chronic pain like arthritis and fibromyalgia (see Ann’s story here). Plus, modalities like PBM therapy and compression therapy can be extremely relaxing — which can help you de-stress and recover mentally, as well!
Learn more about various types of modalities we offer here. How can these help you or your patients recover from the everyday stresses of life?