The 3 ways Covid Lockdown has affected your muscles

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The Covid epidemic seems to be lingering longer than we anticipated, but that doesn’t mean we should give up on our health and well-being.

Many of us used our lockdown time wisely to catch up on our favourite Netflix shows, or finally complete that project we started months ago. However at some point, our bodies will start to feel the effects of extended leisure time.

Here are 3 ways Covid has affected your muscles. 

1. Home-office Posture

Many of us have been lucky to be able to keep working from the comfort of home. It’s fantastic to have fresh air and work in your pyjamas all day, but if you don’t have a dedicated work desk and ergonomic chair, your body will be doing some things it’s not done before.

Working hunched over a laptop can strain the ligaments in the upper thoracic and cervical spine. Not many people can stay in this posture for long, because it usually ends up with a headache or backache.

If you are lucky enough to have an ergonomic work space at home, this will definitely save the pain. Otherwise, it is a good idea to setup a proper workspace if working from home will become part of your ongoing work arrangements.

2. Couch Curve

The ‘couch curve’ or ‘couch slouch’ can do some real long-term damage to your muscles if you spend an extended period of time on the couch. The C-curve posture can overwork the back muscles and at the same time, contracts all of the digestive organs.

Another thing we have to be weary of is the strain we put on our arm muscles, whilst holding our phone up for hours on end. The best way to avoid this muscle strain, is to break up your time on the couch with stretches or home-based exercise.

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3. Stress and Tension

Covid has created quite a lot of stress and tension for a lot of people. Things like financial stress from reduced work hours or mental strain from spending too much time indoors.

We all carry stress and tension in our neck, shoulder and back muscles. This could extend to the jaw and face which is a leading cause of tension headaches.

We hold our muscles tight for the duration of the stressful period and at the same time, we hold our breath or start to shallow breathe. This contracts our torso muscles even further, causing muscle tension, reduced blood flow and eventually pain.

Stress reduction techniques include meditation, bath soaks, light exercise and massage. Remedial massage is a great way to loosen up muscles, release pain and ease stress. Book one with me today!