Written by: Jessica Mendoza, Athletic Therapy Certification Candidate
During the pandemic, there has been a tremendous amount of stress placed on the shoulders of frontline workers. Wearing the required personal protective equipment (PPE) has shifted the well-being of our Community. Physically, a lot of front-line workers find themselves with neck pain and headaches. This is caused by muscle tension. On top of the stress that the pandemic has caused, bad breathing habits have been picked up from wearing masks.
The constant talking and catching one’s breath when working at a fast pace causes tension in the upper body region. It’s like a domino effect. Since the nose and mouth is constantly being covered, people tend to breathe heavily from their mouths. This places stress in the neck region, by overworking the muscles that allow us to speak and move our heads. If the tightness is not corrected, then it will continue to move down the body- causing more tightness and more pain.
Luckily, Athletic therapists are here to guide and assist workers throughout the pandemic. This is done by finding the root of the problem and reducing the effects. Things like manual therapy, exercising and stretching are tools that therapists use to assist in that guidance. Athletic therapists are here to ensure that you are able to continue working the front lines by finding a more efficient and safe way to preform your duties but also limiting your pain and preventing further injuries.
Here are some tips that can help reduce the amount of pain you feel during your shifts. Stretching your neck and shoulders can reduce the tightness you feel through your shift. Holding each stretch for about 30 seconds can help relieve your pain. Another tip that can help is taking a minute and breathe properly. This can be done by using your diaphragm and nose, to limit the tension in your neck. Whereas breathing through your mouth causes more tightness within your neck and jaw. Lastly, incorporating these tips throughout your day can create a difference in how your body feels through your shit. Stretching and breathing before, during and after your shift can play a role in relieving the tightness.
Since not all bodies are identical, Athletic therapists can create a program designed specifically for your body and what you need to do every day.
For anyone seeking more advice or want a program that targets your needs, feel free to book an appointment with one of our therapists. Either call the clinic at (204) 885-9292 or book online at www.insahyu.com.
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