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Does your body ache?

As Higher School Certificate or University exams are looming, students spend more time revising and working with computers or textbooks. Slouched or awkward sitting postures at desks often contribute to headache, neck, shoulder or back pain. Studying sprawled over a sofa or bed can be worse!

Healthy eating and sleeping habits are also important.  Symptoms may intensify over time and can become chronic if left untreated.

Here are a few Vital Lifestyle tips to avoid study related musculoskeletal disorders:

  • Seek advice and take time to address the ergonomics of your workstation.
  • Avoid static postures for long periods of time.  An ache is often a signal that you need to move.  Listen to it and take action!
  • Take a quick break and go for a short walk every 50 minutes.  Research shows that concentration becomes less efficient when we don’t take breaks.
  • Include stretches in these breaks to release muscular tension. Breathe deeply and relax as you exhale into each stretch for 15-20 seconds
  • Ensure that you are well hydrated.  2 litres per day, more when exercising.
  • Feed your brain.  Plenty of protein, vegetables (especially greens) and go easy on the carbs especially if you are sitting a lot.
  • Avoid the temptation to binge on sweets and coffee.  They might give a short blast of attention, but that can be followed by a slump of tiredness and poor concentration.  Moderation is the key.
  • If you feel that your symptoms are getting worse, consult your osteopath before it becomes chronic and much more difficult to treat.
  • Your osteopath can help you with postural advice, exercise prescription and a plan to prevent problems such as headache, neck, shoulder and back pain.

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