Research shows that the detrimental health effects of sitting are taking years off the life of the average office worker. It sounds incredible, but sitting for more than 3-hours per day can shorten your life expectancy by 2-years, and it is likely that you don’t even get a say in it. More importantly though, it’s the general health and quality of life which may be reduced by sitting for too long.
In terms of obesity, Australia’s population continues to rank as the fastest growing in the world. By 2012 10% more adults were overweight or obese than in 1995. We hope that our community here at Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre continues to buck this trend. Staying healthy, eating well and keeping active are key factors in a whole host of important risk factors.
Sitting at a desk and operating a computer may seem like a harmless activity. However because the human body was designed for movement, it does not tolerate this immobility and repetitive action for long periods.
The most common musculo-skeletal injuries caused by computer/desk work are:
- Back, neck and shoulder problems
- Repetitive strain (tendon) Disorders e.g. tennis elbow, de Quervains Tenosinovitis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Eye/Vision problems e.g. headaches, eye strain
Here are some pointers on how to improve your workstation and prevent desk-related injuries.
Every day at Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre we genuinely relate what we are doing to creating a ‘a healthier life for all’. This phrase is a large part of the vision that everyone at our Centre has agreed to work towards achieving each and every day. The phrase ‘a healthier life for all’ is our promise to our community. It is the drive behind our core values:
- Customer Service Excellence
- Clinical Excellence
Without a vision, we risk a journey without any real purpose or direction, as famously quoted by Helen Keller:
‘The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.’
Following on from last week’s post featuring the channel 9 news report on ‘text neck’ featuring our centre’s own director Shane Buntman, this week we look another issue where mobile device use is adversely changing our movement and posture. And this problem extends beyond the neck.
There are some rather obvious safety issues with mobile phone use when driving and cycling. Now this list has expanded to also include walking.
A group of researchers set out to investigate the effect mobile phone use may have on distraction-related walking injuries. The study analysed 30 adults walking across an 8 meter long strip with 11 motion capture cameras recording joint angles, step length, walking speed, and other gait parameters.
Adequate hydration is essential for getting the most out of your body. Every cell in our body requires water to live and even more water is required when the body is recovering from damage induced through training. So it is very important that you are hydrating properly if you want to maximise the benefits of your training, especially as requirements change in warmer weather which we are now experiencing.
In a previously published post, our resident Triathlon coach Ryan Bourke postulated about Why you should be using a foam roller.
This post is a brief summary about the underlying therapeutic mechanisms of foam rolling. There has been some research investigating foam rolling (or self myofascial release) and how it affects joint range of motion, post-exercise fatigue, muscle soreness, and whether the type of roller is important.
If you are one of the many people who suffers from interrupted sleep or difficulty getting to sleep, then completing a simple sleep diary can be an important first step in overcoming these problems. Dr Brendan O’Loughlin came across this effective and simple Sleep Diary on the NPS Medicinewise website. Read more
Recent Articles with Dr Brendan O’Loughlin
Kinematic changes during running-induced fatigue and relations with core endurance in novice runners
This study aimed to investigate kinematic (movement) changes experienced during running-induced fatigue. Further, the study examined relations between kinematic changes and core endurance. The study included 17 participants which isn’t a very large sample group, however it did produce some interesting findings.
You can access the article via PubMed at the link below:
Mo Farah running with upright posture compared to Hayle Ibrahimov with trunk flexion.
In Part 2 of this series focusing on the bike Time Trial leg of Triathlon we are presenting an interview with Ryan Bourke, a 27 year old rising star in domestic triathlon, marketing manager at Tri Alliance, high performance triathlon coach, and all round good guy. Ryan will provide some insight into what it takes to be one of the top riding age-group and open-category triathletes in Australia.