30 Apr 2020

Osteopathic advice for people confined to home

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At northlondonosteopaths Alan Nevies and his colleagues have been asked for general advice on how to stay osteopathically safe during lockdown. The following general principles and specific actions are recommended to help towards a healthy pain free lockdown.

  • Get up and move. Do not hold any one position for an extended period. Too much of anything is not good. Set alarms so that every 45 minutes you change from sitting to standing or vice versa. Variability is key.
  • Set up a standing station if your default position is sitting to encourage the change.
  • If you are using a lap top place it on some books to ensure that the screen is eye level as that position will cause less strain on your upper back and neck.
  • Use a back support at the base of your chair if you have one or roll up a small towel and put it near the base of your back.
  • During a longer break try to go out for a 20-30 minute brisk walk.
  • Call the practice on 020 8458 3874 if you need advice. We will try to do this over the phone if we can and are seeing urgent cases in the surgery after a triage phone assessment to ensure absence of covid 19 symptoms. All patients must come in wearing a mask and gloves.