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Are you really sitting comfortably? | Physiotherapy in Surrey and Guildford

We’re a fair way already into the school term, and university students have returned to their studies too, whether that’s physically on campus or remotely from home. As you will have seen in the media, it’s not a normal start to the university term by any means, with some confined to their halls of residence for two weeks of quarantine, and others trying to focus on virtual lectures from their childhood bedroom. Here at Life Made Simple, we provide professional physiotherapy in Surrey and Guildford, we are here to help reduce the wear and tear of student living .

‘Desk-itis’ starts early

Whatever the situation, both school and university work tends to involve a lot of time sitting at a desk and studying, in the classroom, in a lecture hall, at home, in the library, in a café, or in a multitude of other locations thanks to the power of the internet. We’ve talked about the ‘weekend warrior’ in a previous blog – we all know at least one person who is desk-bound at the office all week and then goes crazy on home or garden projects at the weekends. Well, being desk-bound starts much earlier than your first job, and now that study is so much more flexible, your desk and chair set-up can vary considerably depending on where you’re working. One reasonable question might be ‘are you really sitting comfortably?’.

Posture and proper equipment

Most people are aware these days that posture and proper equipment are really important in maintaining the health of your muscles and frame as you sit and study; however, it’s clear from our engagement with clients that not everybody is able to achieve this, particularly if you don’t have a permanent study base, or are competing for space with others working from home. ‘Desk-itis’, as one of our clients nicknamed it, is a real and increasing issue for many students and it can have a lasting impact on their lives, particularly if they head straight from education into a desk-bound job, especially with the fun of ‘gap years’ off the agenda for many. Hopefully, a new employer would have undertaken a workstation assessment to ensure you are comfortable at your work desk, but this doesn’t always happen.

The habit of moving

There is normally a wide range of activities available for school and university students to encourage them to keep moving; sports is built into the curriculum in schools to age 18, and after that there should be plenty of free time and options available for students to take part in sporting activities they enjoy. However, as young people are given more freedom to choose how they use their time, it can be easy to slip into a routine of limited activity, poor posture and quite possibly a less than optimal diet, particularly at times of academic pressure. Putting in place regular sessions of activity early in life is a fantastic way of ensuring that exercise is built into your daily routine as you move from study to employment and eventually of course into retirement.

Physiotherapy for children and young people

At Life Made Simple Physiotherapy, we offer physiotherapy to children aged 9 years old or more. Tackling muscular and skeletal issues early can be a very effective way of preventing or reducing the mobility problems that plague so many people in later life. More immediately, of course, physiotherapy in Surrey and Guildford can help a child or young person enjoy to the full their chosen activity or sport.

Contact Us - Physiotherapy in Surrey and Guildford

We look forward to helping you and your family members with your physiotherapy needs. If you are interested in our services feel free to call us on 07309 272 555 or email Physio@Lifemadesimple.co.uk. Life Made Simple - expert physiotherapy in Surrey and Guildford.


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