Welcome to the May 2011 newsletter from Kingston & Teddington Osteopathy!

Summer arrived early this year and the practice has been rather busy with gardening and sports injuries as we all get out there and enjoy the sunshine. However, there has also been an increase in the amount of computer related postural strains and with this in mind this newsletter will give some tips to help avoid repetitive strain injury. Mostly, this is aimed at those who frequently use computers at home as this appears to be where a lot of the problems stem from!

 
 

Practice News

We are delighted to welcome Hilary back after her year away on maternity leave. She is returning to work on Thursday mornings and so please do ask for her if you would like to return to her patient list. Hilary is now also Bupa registered and so will join Carragh in providing Bupa insurance treatments.

Do You Work at a Computer at Home?

Increasingly, working from home and using computers for social and research use is occurring. However, laptops are becoming the home computer and ergonomically these are most likely to cause work strain. We also tend to have poorer desk/chair set up within our homes and we are frequently told about laptop use whilst reclining on a comfy sofa leading to neck problems!

Repetitive Strain Injury can also be called Upper Extremity Syndrome. Symptoms may vary greatly between individuals. It can present with one or more symptoms:-

  • Headaches
  • Neck Pain
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder, Elbow Wrist Pain
  • Hand and thumb pain
  • Pins and needles/numbness in the hands

Here at Kingston & Teddington Osteopathy, we are able to treat all these symptoms and then once you are better we can help you manage your computer setup to help avoid further injury. Should you need further advice please call 0208 977 6396.

Top Tips for using a Computer At Home

  • Work at a table with a decent upright chair do not use a sofa with the laptop on your knee or on a coffee table.

  • Fold a hand towel into a pad and place in the hollow of your lower back this will give you some lumbar support to give better posture.

  • Take frequent breaks you should get up and walk around every 30-40 minutes.

  • Ensure that your feet are resting either on the floor or a footstool.

  • When using a laptop for long periods get a separate key board. Raise the screen of the laptop so that it is at chin/nose level and use the keyboard at a lower level.

  • You should be able to see the screen easily if you are bending forwards or down then it is in the wrong position.

Please look at the picture below courtesy of http://www.ergonomics-info.com/ergonomics-for-computer-workstation.html for the ideal working position:

 
 

From all of us at Kingston & Teddington Osteopathy we wish you a fit and healthy summer!

For any queries please do contact us at the practice on 0208 977 6396 or 07957 348 513.

Best wishes
Carragh

 

General Osteopathic Council Registered • BUPA & PPP registered providers