Most people are probably now familiar with the standing desk craze that has taken off in many office buildings over the last few years. But is this the answer to the issues that our modern day sedentary lifestyle has caused? And will a standing desk help to improve our posture?
With pregnancy come significant changes to a woman’s physiology and biomechanics that can pose a challenge for soon-to-be mums. There is often a focus on the potentially injurious outcomes of pregnancy, however the same hormonal changes that are responsible for back and pelvic pain also provide a unique potential for healing longstanding or chronic musculoskeletal injuries.
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.
With under five weeks to go until the annual Melbourne Marathon, the biggest marathon in Australia, an increasing number of Melbournians are now out and about running.
With a large selection of event choices available, all the way from the full 42km run to a 3km walk, it’s easy to see how this event has gone from just 2000 competitors in 1978, to over 35,000 in more recent years.
Coming across these people whilst running around the “Tan” or along the Yarra River, I often wonder what sort of training they are doing to prepare themselves for the event? And are they complementing their running with some sort of strength and stability training?
How do Spiky Balls Work?
Spiky Massage Balls are sometimes described as evil little torture devices. They have become a popular tool for performing self-therapy on many muscle-related conditions and are a convenient way to maximise muscle recovery for many athletes. But just how do Spiky Balls manage to perform their magic?
- Spiky Balls work on the myo-fascial* system to reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow, increase body awareness and aid in injury prevention and rehabilitation.
- By targeting trigger points, Spiky Balls can reduce pain levels and improve range of motion through specific muscles and subsequently improve joint motion.
*The myo-fascial system refers to the muscle itself as well as its fascia – the thin sheath that wraps around and connects the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels.
By combining plyometric theory with basic biomechanics, we can begin to understand how manual therapies such as Osteopathy can play a role in increasing the mobility of the spine, hips and upper limb to optimise the power of your swimming stroke.
Melbourne Osteopathy Sports injury Centre will again be running its internship program for final year Osteopathy students. This year we are lucky to have the talented James Shanahan from Victoria University. I have had the privilege of teaching James for some time and know that he will make a great addition to the team.
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.
Doctors are seeing a rise in ‘text neck’, or spinal problems linked to extended periods spent leaning into the small screened devices.
Dr Shane Buntman discusses this problem on Channel 9 news.