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Stress Advice

Don't let stress ruin your day. Check out the advice below or read about our workplace presentations and webinars in the services section of this website.

We see injuries that are a result of stress everyday.

Here are some useful pointers to limit the negative impact of stress at work:

 

Physical Stress Skills

  • Keep your body moving regularly to loosen muscles and joints and use up the excess energy generated by the stress response.
  • Incorporate gentle breathing exercises whenever you can: see our exercises section and physio videos to learn more
  • When stressed and tense, shake your limbs to release tension.
  • Get to know some simple stretches and exercises to release tension in your stress areas: particularly of the jaw, neck and shoulders, arms, hands and lower back.
  • Practice humming loudly or silently to calm your mind and nervous system.
  • Get out in nature and seek open horizons, or remember to look up at the sky! This creates a sense of space inside when we feel stuck.

 

Mental Stress Skills

  • Develop positive thinking habits.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Write down something that went well recently, or three things that you are grateful for.
  • Commit five random acts of kindness.
  • Appreciate the things you have control over and accept those you don’t.
  • Consciously wish the best for others.
  • Sleep (or just rest if sleeping is difficult) and eat well.

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    Common Injuries

  • Clicking Shoulder

    Clicking or crunching in the shoulder can be caused by a number of things. Most people fear that the clicking is caused by bone hitting bone. However, thankfully nowadays this is rare. If you have this, it is likely that for many years you have been suffering severe pain and...

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  • Neck Pain/Tightness

    Mild neck pain and/or tightness that comes on slowly is commonly due to the upper back rounding forwards and the chin pointing forwards and upwards, which increases muscle and nerve tension and may cause pins and needles or pain in the arms and hands. Sometimes, breathing becomes restricted due to...

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  • Patella Tendinopathy (pain front of knee below knee cap)

    Please read how the knee works before reading the following. It can occur in any propulsive, impact based sports or as a result of a change in loading to the tendon. The patella (knee cap) tendon extends from the bottom of the knee cap and inserts into the tibial tuberosity...

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  • Disc Problems

    Disc injuries cover a whole spectrum of problems including disc degeneration, disc prolapse and a disc bulge, all in varying levels of severity. Minor injuries will feel like a localized ache over the spine; more severe injuries cause intense pain and immobility, with pain, pins and needles, numbness and/or weakness...

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  • Clicking ankles or feet

    Clicking or crunching in the ankles or feet can be caused by a number of things. Most people fear that the clicking is caused by bone hitting bone. However, thankfully nowadays this is rare. If you have this, it is likely that for many years you have been suffering severe...

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  • Achilles tendinopathy (previously called tendinitis)

    If the pain comes on gradually then it is probably an Achilles tendinopathy. It used to be referred to as an Achilles tendinitis but advances in research then showed that it was not an inflammatory condition, which is what the itis part of the word refers to. It is caused...

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  • Ankle stability, alignment and strength exercise

    Please click here to read how the foot and ankle works before reading the following. Make sure you have your pain diagnosed properly by a physio, osteo or sports doctor to ensure that this exercise is appropriate.

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  • Elbow exercises

    To treat elbow problems properly the stability of the shoulder and neck often needs to be addressed, because if the shoulder is moving inefficiently more strain is exerted on the elbow. Treatment should therefore never focus purely on the elbow itself. However, the following exercise is a valuable exercise in...

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  • Correct your neck posture

    Please read how the neck works before reading the following. The effect of gravity on the head is that it moves down and forwards, away from the body. As a result of the head being lowered it then has to be rotated upwards in order to look straight forwards not...

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  • Train shoulder posture

    Please click here to read how the shoulder works before reading the following. It is essential to reposition the shoulder joint correctly, which you must do under the guidance of a physiotherapist to make sure you dont do more damage. The most common incorrect position is the shoulderblade being held...

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  • Hip and groin: biomechanical optimisation, exercises, post-op rehab

    The following advice is designed for you to work through with your physiotherapist so it is important that you DO NOT try and do it alone. Hence why there is some juicy physiotherapy lingo in there!

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  • Sitting posture

    Sitting posture at work, at home or in the car is a major cause or cure of pain in the back, shoulders, neck, arms and knees. Please scroll down to the bottom for specific advice on how to adjust your posture in the car to avoid or reduce pain.  Sitting...

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