It turns out that a lack of exercise in our lives is a silent killer. The World Health Organisation lists physical inactivity as the fourth biggest risk factor for death in adults across the world.
The latest research shows when it comes to heart disease, leading a sedentary life is as great a risk factor as smoking and obesity. In fact, inactivity in terms of disease risk, is more dangerous than being overweight.
If you spend long periods of time sitting, this is particularly bad news, as it increases your risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. The most current research has shown that even normal weight individuals that are inactive, are at risk of developing disease. There is a molecular pathway that is essential to burning fats, that shuts down with inactivity, and that subsequently increases your risk of developing heart disease.
As manual therapists we can help with a wide range of issues caused by long periods of sitting at a desk, including back and neck pains, tingling in your hands, carpal tunnel syndrome, even regular headaches experienced at work.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is often a default diagnosis for numbness and tingling down the arm.
Many forearm, hand and wrist complaints however, originate further up the arm. Carpal tunnel syndrome is often a default diagnosis for numbness and tingling down the arm. The median nerve stimulates the thumb, first finger, middle finger and lateral side of ring finger. If your symptoms are not in this pattern then it is likely that the pain is NOT carpal tunnel syndrome.
TRUE carpal tunnel syndrome is the compression of the median nerve as it travels through the carpal tunnel and is a form of repetitive strain injury (RSI). In addition to injury of structures of the wrist, this swelling may also be caused by medical conditions such as arthritis and diabetes and may also occur during pregnancy, which in the latter case is likely to disappear after delivery. The condition is particularly common in people who use their hands repetitively such as those working on computers or assembly lines.
If you do repetitive work with your hands it is important to make sure you are comfortable during this work.
Massage can help ease the pain of this condition. Research shows that our central nervous system can act to ‘turn up’ pain signals; so using a mix of modalities to include relaxation can really benefit. Remember, the sooner it’s treated the better.
At the following link you can download leaflets, exercise handouts and infographics on the following topics.
– 17 Ways to Be More Active at Work
– Thinking on your Feet – Why it Pays to Be Physically Active at Work Client Newsletter
– Stretching Exercises for the Workplace
– Strengthening Exercises for the Workplace
– Why Posture Matters
– Optimal Desk Posture Infographic
– Carpal Tunnel Infographic
– Preventing and Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
– Carpal Tunnel Rehabilitation Exercise Sheet
While guidance can be given, it is general in its nature, whereas individual complaints may need individual attention.
Please get in touch if you need advice and I hope you find these resources useful.
As always, the information contained in this article is intended as general guidance and information only and should not be relied upon as a basis for planning individual medical care or as a substitute for specialist medical advice in each individual case.