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How To Prevent Back Pain Whilst Working From Home

2020 has been an extremely strange year, to say the least.

One thing we’ve seen an explosion in is working from home.

As the pandemic has accelerated all existing technological trends, nothing has accelerated faster than the transition from office working to home working.

Multiple office buildings in Crawley have seen a large percentage of workers on furlough, working semi-permanently from home or even transitioning full time to home working.

In many cases the speed of transition came so fast that millions of people were not adequately set up in their homes to have a computer, keyboard, mouse and paperwork in place.

Therefore many of us are now working in our kitchen, bedroom, or our best attempt makeshift office in a spare room that hasn’t been used in years.

I noticed this in clinic when a higher-than-normal number of client’s attended due to back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, hip pain that they felt had been a direct result of working at home in a non-ideal set up, causing new muscular tightness and strain on the body they’ve never had before.

Today I want to focus on what you can do specifically if you’re experiencing any type of back pain – whether it be lower, mid or upper back pain – that you also feel may be due to working from home. 

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Do Front Squats Increase The Risk Of Achilles Tendon Injury?


We love them as much as we hate them. 

Nonetheless, none of us dare to question their effectiveness for building lower body strength, power and improving performance in almost all sports.

The back squat, where the barbell is placed on the upper back, is the most common form of strength training squat exercise, but some also opt for the ‘front squat’, where the barbell is placed in front of you whilst squatting (using a variety of grip techniques).

Little is known about the front squat, and on the surface it can be easy to assume it’s simple just another position of a barbell squat, but the mechanics are in fact entirely different. As a result of this, the outcomes of the front squat are in fact different to a back squat. 


The biomechanical differences between front and back squat

To the human eye, if quickly glancing at the different types of squats, they look very similar. A barbell is placed at approximately shoulder level, horizontally, the feet placement are slightly less than shoulder width with a slight outward flare.

The difference in the biomechanics of each squat does not actually appear until the squat motion begins.

When you have a barbell on your back, and you squat down, you have the ability to lean (slightly) forward without losing balance, because the weight behind you will keep the equilibrium. 

This is not the case with the barbell in front. Leaning forward in this instance will be further aggravated by the weight of the barbell, and there is higher chance of losing balance.

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Our Covid-19 Promise

We live in truly extraordinary times. 

Covid-19 has shifted the way we do almost everything in our day to day lives.

The way we approach our health is different also.

Many of us are now working from home. Although in many ways this has its benefits, there are also some drawbacks I’m hearing frequently from clients.

Working on our kitchen table, or in our bedroom, with a last-minute purchased home desk and uncomfortable chair is not ideal for our backs, shoulders or neck.

This might present new pain symptoms that were never present before. Yet, there are many things you can do to help alleviate the pain and prevent it getting worse, as working from home becomes the ‘new normal’.

The good news is, as a physiotherapist in Crawley, I am allowed to continue working as usually during this November lockdown. This is based on guidance from government and local authorities, as well as regulatory advice from healthcare providers. This means I am able to offer face-face in person treatment for new and existing patients.

It’s natural to be cautious when visiting any shop or clinic at this time, however quality and safety has always been a fundamental part of my approach as a physio.

With that being said I have put in place a few measures to ensure you can attend your appointment confidently and without worry:

  1. All new patients will undergo a Covid-19 questionnaire screening process, to ensure you are safe to have treatment and do not risk others in the clinic building.
  2. All patients will have regular temperature checks.
  3. A face shield will be worn by myself for the full duration of the appointment.
  4. All major surfaces and the plinth (treatment tablet) will be wiped between each appointment.

When you attend for your appointment please ensure you:

  1. Only enter 5 minutes (maximum) for your appointment to present crowding the waiting room.
  2. Remain outside if there is no suitable space in the waiting room to maintain 2m distance from other customers.
  3. Wear a face covering if possible.
  4. Attend your appointment alone unless you require a chaperone
  5. Use hand sanitiser before and after your appointment.

We are going through challenging times, but don’t let pain stop you from doing your best to conquer the challenges we all are all facing.

If I am able to help in any way with your back pain, neck/shoulder pain, knees or hip pain, or anything else that’s nagging or aching, please do reach out.