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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

  • Shoulder Blade Pain

    Pain behind the shoulder, behind or around the shoulder blade and/or in your upper back/neck is not strictly speaking a shoulder problem because the pain is probably coming from the back or neck. However, lots of people refer to it as shoulder pain because thats where the discomfort is felt....

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  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

    This is often painful through the middle of the range of movement as you take your arm out to the side and then up to above your head. Try this test – stop as soon as you feel pain: stand with your arms out in front of you as if...

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  • Tennis Elbow

    This is an irritation of the tendon that runs over the bony bit of the elbow. The pain comes on slowly often after the aggravating activity at first. As it becomes more severe the pain then starts to be experienced during the aggravating activity. The aggravating activities include tennis, squash...

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  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    We often find that this is over diagnosed and that often the arm and hand pain (and weakness) is actually being caused by a tendinopathy that is fully treatable with physiotherapy. However, true carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by irritation of the median nerve that runs though the wrist joint...

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  • Headaches and ‘Migraines’

    The nerves and blood vessels that exit through the neck supply the head, so headaches can be caused by neck problems. We see many patients whose long standing headaches or migraines we have successfully treated with hands on treatment of the neck and corrective exercises for the neck and shoulders.

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  • Stiff Thoracic Spine

    The thoracic spine – middle and upper part of the back - is the stiffest part of the spine due to the ribs attaching here, but it commonly becomes too stiff as a result of poor postures. Please click here to learn correct sitting posture. Thoracic spine stiffness puts more...

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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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  • 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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  • Foot and ankle exercises

    There are a variety of exercises that are great for your feet and ankles including: 1) Foot self-massage exercise 2) Eccentric calf strengthening 3) Foot muscles strengthening 4) Concentric calf strength and ankle instability exercise

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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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  • Shoulder exercises

    There are a variety of exercises that are great for your shoulders including: 1) Train shoulder posture 2) Train your scapular stabilizers 3) Train serratus anterior muscle 4) Stretch the lats (latissimus dorsi) muscles 5) Train the rotator cuff muscles

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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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