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Five tips to avoid the physical discomfort of telecommuting

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Five tips to avoid the physical discomfort of telecommuting

Requests for physiotherapists increase by 20% due to the rise of teleworking

BY RRHHDigital, 15:30 – 06 November 2020

The crisis derived from the expansion of Covid-19 has forced many companies and workers to adapt to telecommuting, a work model which, moreover, has been extended over time. And is that during the second wave of coronavirus that we are currently experiencing, studies suggest that at least 50% of workers in Spain will do it remotely. However, the lack of suitability of the workplace, in most cases not having the recommended chairs or tables, has led to a greater number of people suffering from various physical problems such as neck pain, stiffness or lumbar discomfort. . .

According to ProntoPro.es, the portal that brings together supply and demand for professional and artisanal work, the incidence of teleworking has led more and more people to resort to the services of physiotherapists or masseurs, increasing the demands of these professionals up to 20% of the onset of the pandemic; Andalusia, Madrid and Galicia are the regions with the highest number of applications.

Tips for avoiding the physical discomfort associated with teleworking

ProntoPro consulted with different physiotherapists registered on the platform on how to prevent physical problems during the telework period, providing five tips to combat them:

Get up from the chair every 45 minutes to perform small mobility exercises and stretches for the spine and lower and upper limbs. Position the computer or tablet so that it is level with the eyes to avoid compressions in the neck. Do physical activities outdoors, such as walking, jogging or cycling, for at least 30 minutes a day; because one of the risk factors that most favor the disorders generated by teleworking is sedentary lifestyle. When we work from home we tend to move less and therefore have a higher risk of gaining weight. Use an ergonomic chair, and if this is not possible, it is better to place a pillow between the backrest and the chair itself; because the bad postures that are assumed to be sitting in bed or on the sofa overload the muscles and joints and cause problems in the neck, shoulders, back and even eyes. During the telecommuting day, back pain can also be caused by emotional tension, stressors and lack of relaxation, so it is better to perform easy breathing exercises, which will promote stimulation of the diaphragm, as well as reduction. production of cortisol and adrenaline.

Some of the most common postural disorders are low back pain or vagal seizures, accompanied by nausea, fatigue, dizziness and neck pain.

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