Live Well, Work Well – October 2022

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The Importance of Good Posture 

Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions account for 30% of GP consultations in England, and chronic joint pain (or osteoarthritis) affects more than 8.75 million people in the UK, according to the NHS. A major contributor to these types of pain is poor posture. Bad posture can result in neck, back, shoulder, leg and foot pain, alongside secondary pain in the head. Adopting good posture may not seem a top priority, but it’s essential for musculoskeletal health.

Although poor posture can result from multiple factors, one common cause is slouching in a chair. While slouching doesn’t immediately cause discomfort, it can strain muscles and soft tissue over time. Consequently, tension builds in these areas, causing pain.

Support your musculoskeletal health by considering these tips for improved posture:

  • Sit properly. Place your bottom towards the back of the chair, sit up straight and adopt a forward gaze to avoid slouching. Although this position might not feel comfortable at first, your muscles will soon adjust. Moreover, avoid sitting for long periods—stand up regularly to relieve muscle tension.
  • Stand tall. When standing, imagine a string attached to the top of your head pulling you. Additionally, pull your shoulders back and down to avoid straining your back.
  • Check your desk setup. If you work remotely, arrange your work station carefully. Avoid hunching over your desk, laptop or computer keyboard. Instead, align your desk and chair with your equipment so you’re not overreaching. To help, the British Chiropractic Association has guidance on postural best practices while sitting at a computer.
  • Exercise regularly. Found in your abdomen, pelvis and back, postural muscles act to stabilise and hold your body in position. Try to include a few daily exercises to strengthen these muscles. For instance, yoga and Pilates are good activities for improved core stability and strength.

You can help alleviate muscle tension and optimise health by adopting a good posture in daily life. However, if you’re still experiencing pain following postural correction, contact your GP for advice.

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Go Sober This October

Almost 3 million people are currently living with cancer in the UK, according to Macmillan Cancer Support. This number is predicted to rise to nearly 3.5 million by 2025 and 4 million by 2030. Sober October encourages people to go alcohol-free in October to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The funds raised will help provide much-needed physical, financial and emotional support to the many people living with cancer. In addition to raising money for this vital cause, you could see the following health benefits by taking part:

  • Better hydration. Alcohol is a diuretic, causing your body to expel water. Giving up alcohol may result in better hydration, more energy and fewer headaches.
  • Weight loss. Alcohol has almost the same calories per gram as fat. Going sober may help you achieve weight-loss goals.
  • Better sleep. Alcohol can reduce rapid eye movement sleep, making you feel drowsy. Without alcohol, you may feel more restful and better able to concentrate.

Furthermore, reducing alcohol can help save money, which is advantageous in the current cost-of-living crisis. For more information, visit the Go Sober Website.


Look After Yourself on World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day seeks to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health; it is celebrated on 10th October each year. This year’s recognition of World Mental Health Day comes at a time when many people across the UK are struggling financially. In fact, over 75% of adults are worried about the rising cost of living, according to the Office for National Statistics. If not addressed, such worries can lead to serious mental health issues. Keep your mental health in tip-top shape by considering these tips:

  • Engage in exercise. Physical activity can increase mental alertness, energy and positive mood. Better still, exercise with others to gain a sense of camaraderie.
  • Learn new skills. Trying something new—such as cooking or a DIY project—can be a welcome distraction from worries while boosting confidence and self-esteem.
  • Practise mindfulness. Paying attention to current thoughts and remaining present can help avoid negativity and increase well-being.
  • Talk to others. Good relationships provide an outlet to share experiences and can help avoid loneliness. Arrange a day with friends or family, or consider volunteering to meet others. Alternatively, contact your GP or the Samaritans if you’re feeling isolated and have nowhere to turn.

For more information on World Mental Health Day, visit the World Health Organization website.


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