Healthcare professionals are often asked several questions by their patient’s regarding their health, body, injuries and recovery. Why is this happening? What should I do to fix it? How long do I need to do this? What do you recommend? And the list goes on! The following are topics that are discussed by practitioners and patients.
“A position of a person’s body when standing or sitting”
How would you describe your posture? Excellent, Fair, Poor? Majority of individuals have fair or poor posture. This happens gradually to us throughout our lives, often due to our lifestyles, jobs, tasks, hobbies and at times due do our structural growth or disabilities. Muscles do get fatigued from repetitive work. Have you ever noticed at the beginning of your day you are sitting upright and by the end of the day you are slouched forward? This happens because of muscle fatigue. Muscles have been working hard to keep you in an upright and correct posture, however by the end of the day they want to relax and so begins the slouching, leading to comments such as “my back is tired!” or “my shoulders are sore!” Always try and be conscience of your posture and if you find or catch yourself sitting or standing in an incorrect posture immediately reset yourself and get back into proper form. It will get easier as you do it and before you know it be a positive HABIT.
Have you ever noticed pain or muscle soreness when waking up from sleeping and can’t quite figure out what you did? Often, many people are unaware of the impact that poor sleep posture and the types of bedding or pillows they choose may be directly related to their aches and pains. Sleep postures are habits we adopt from a very young age so it can be quite challenging to change it if it’s discovered to be a contributing factor to your muscular and joint restrictions. There are 3 main sleeping postures that are common amongst individuals, back, side and stomach, two of which are recommended and one that is not! Can you guess which one is harmful? If you think that your sleep posture or bedding many be causing muscular or joint problems, pay us a visit at Clover and we will be happy to discuss and suggest ways to help improve it.
To stretch or not to stretch? When to stretch and how to stretch is a common question that is asked. Many people think stretching takes significant time which is why many either do it too quickly, incorrectly, or not at all. Stretching isn’t very difficult or time consuming if you are doing it correctly, it only takes a few minutes. Stretching is essential in helping muscles recover from physical work so they can perform at their best. With proper technique, it only takes a few minutes to be effective. At Clover, we encourage everyone to incorporate stretching into their daily routine and we would be glad to discuss ways to help make it an effective addition for you.
What should I use? When should I use it? How long should I use it for? Are questions commonly asked by many when it comes to knowing how to use ice, heat, or hydrotherapy to help with healing. Timing is everything!! It is a common mistake that many people make when choosing the appropriate application of ice, heat, or hydrotherapy. Knowing is half the battle!! The two known stages of healing are Acute, when something first occurs and chronic, something that has been continual. In general, muscles love heat and it helps with recovery and healing but there are times when it may also slow down the healing process or worsen it. This also happens with the use of ice or cold application. Typically ice or cold is not liked well by the body but there are times when it is the better choice and will aid in further healing. Hydrotherapy (use of water) is also widely used for healing but often can be done incorrectly as well. Having the correct knowledge regarding timing or use of these applications is KEY!! At Clover, we put your best interests first and will always choose the most appropriate application based on your needs. We will educate you so that you will have the correct information going forward so that you can always make the most informed decisions.
“One step can make all the difference”
By far the most neglected part of the body! Considering they help carry us around all day, you would think that they would be in the forefront of our thoughts. That just isn’t the case. The number of times we hear “My feet are killing me!” or “My feet are so sore!” is astonishing, yet there is never an accompanying reason for this, just a statement and onto another topic. Have you ever taken the time to think about your feet? Or the reason they may hurt? A main cause to foot soreness or pain can be directly related to what you wear on your feet!!!! The importance of GOOD FOOTWEAR makes all the difference in the world. We see so many people who purchase poor quality made shoes or sandals that have hardly any support, or they are wearing the incorrect type of shoes for the activity they are participating in, or their shoes have simply just worn themselves out! The health of your feet transcends throughout the body! What affects the feet will in turn affect, ankles, knees, hips your back and so forth. There is a distinct correlation between your feet and the health of your entire body. It is always advised to purchase well made, supportive footwear that is designed for a specific need i.e., proper running shoes for running or walking shoes used for walking and moderate activity. You would never think to wear high heels to play soccer? Can you imagine!!!!! Shoes are relatively easy to change but without the proper knowledge its no wonder people make the wrong decisions when choosing what’s appropriate. Also, footwear has a life expectancy! They are not meant to be worn forever. The more use they get the quicker they will need replacing, as they will eventually become non-supportive and lead to foot pain or problems. Feet like being pampered. Don’t forget a nice foot soak or massage will help keep them in tip top shape. Be kind to your feet and they will take you places!
Always speak up regarding your health!!
Do you sit all day at a desk working on a computer? Or perhaps standing or walking for hours? Either way your work environment may be causing undue stress or harm to your body. Were you feeling fine and then progressively started to notice aches, pain, or injuries? Take a good look at your work station, work area or job tasks, chances are they are a direct result and contributing factor to your health. Maybe the desk you sit at is higher than it should be, or your computer is too far to one side that it’s causing pain in your neck. Are you standing in one area on a hard floor? Maybe a matt under your feet would help! Some of the easiest changes to make are the ones that go unnoticed!! Ergonomics plays a big role in todays standards. Many workplaces provide the tools necessary to perform tasks, however they do not always implement the best methods or ideal setup to ensure the safety of their employees. It is their responsibility to provide a safe work environment that will cause as little harm to an individual as possible, therefore if there is something related to your job that can be corrected to prevent or decrease physical harm to you, you should be mentioning it so that the matter may be reviewed and any necessary changes needed may be implemented. Changes can’t be made if concerns aren’t mentioned.