As a response to the COVID-19 crisis, the National Spine Health Foundation has launched a collection of resources offering guidance for those quarantined to their homes.
Whether you’re not used to working from home or hoping to enhance your home workspace, it is a critical time to adopt healthy habits and practices that will protect the back and neck from new or enduring pain, according to a news release.
For example, many will be sitting in new positions for longer periods of time, putting the spine health at new risk if the proper posture, exercises, and practices aren’t enacted.
At the National Spine Health Foundation, they recognize the impact that COVID-19 and social distancing may have on you and your family. Its mission is to help you build healthy habits, be mindful of your spine, and help prevent and alleviate your neck or back pain.
Taking care of your body as you face challenging times will help with mental readiness and will ease the transition back to normalcy as we get through this together. Learn more Tips and Tricks at www.spinehealth.org
With SpineHacks these simple tricks are some you can do to strengthen your spine to lessen or avoid neck or back pain. While you’re at home, create a dedicated space, get up twice an hour, chair height and computer height, stay hydrated and keep moving! Learn more at www.spinehealth.org
Spine-health is best achieved through core strength. Whether you are in prevention mode or going through recovery, improving your core strength will help as you telework and stay home. Many moves are incorporated into a yoga practice, so talk with your doctor about the best positions for you. Take time now to build healthy habits that will last when the pandemic ends. Learn more at www.spinehealth.org
“We are on a mission to help you build healthy habits, be mindful of your spine, and help prevent and alleviate your neck or back pain. Taking care of your body as you face challenging times will help with mental readiness and will ease the transition back to normalcy as we get through this together,” said Dr. Rita Roy, CEO at SpineHealth in the news release. “We will continue updating our educational materials and providing you with relevant, simple ways you can improve the way you care for your spine while following suggested social distancing practices.”
It’s not just physical pain, but mental suffering that is at risk as well. With 100 million Americans suffering from neck or back pain each year, it is the leading physical cause of lost workdays and also contributes to large numbers of people suffering from clinical major depression. By cultivating healthy habits, including maintaining proper sitting form, eating a healthy diet, incorporating simple exercises, stretches, and screen breaks, those working or distance learning from home, many for the first time, can prevent injury, maintain pain-free lifestyles, and avoid developing new, bad habits that can last a lifetime. Access some of these materials here.
When the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, the body and mind will not know how many days were spent at home or the office, but it will know how it was treated during a disruption of normal life. NSHF guidance, including tips, tricks, and educational resources, offers people the chance to respect and tend to the body well as they navigate this crisis. Healthy bodies and minds will be vital when life returns to normal and it’s time to recover lost income, productivity, and scheduling.
Source: National Spine Health Foundation