Healthy Tips for Computer Use
1. Take regular posture breaks – recommended 5 mins every ½ hour
2. Alternate tasks to minimise postural discomfort
3. Perform stretches during posture breaks, especially upper body stretches that open up the chest.
4. Ensure workstation is set-up according to best practice
5. Place frequently used items within easy reach
6. Use your lunch break to exercise – going for a 15 minute walk. Do not take it at your desk
7. Hydrate – drink water throughout the working day to minimise fatigue related to static postures
In Australia, nearly two thirds of men and half of all women are overweight or obese. This is a key factor in the alarming rise of type 2 diabetes. Yet up to 60 per cent of diabetes cases could be prevented, or at least delayed, by people maintaining a healthy weight. The main keys to long-term weight loss and reducing your waist measurement are healthy eating and regular physical activity. Type 2 diabetes often runs in families. To find out how to assess your risk and for more information go to http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/en/Understanding-Diabetes/Are-You-at-Risk/
Smart Phones and thumb pain
The increasing use of smart phones is resulting in pain in the thumbs due to an irritation of the muscles and tendons at the base of the thumb. It is a rapidly growing condition as more people use smart phones, and you can help prevent it by following the below tips:
• Switch to tapping with other fingers, or use both thumbs to type instead of one.
•Where possible only use your smart phone to send short messages. If this is unavoidable give your thumbs a break when typing long messages.
• Leave non-urgent e-mails to when you get back to your computer.
•Use shortcuts. This not only helps to get tasks done faster but it reduces the need to scroll.
•Use the AutoText feature. This will automatically change common spelling mistakes and also allow for shortcut words.
Pear or apple for your health?
Your health can be affected by how much you weigh as well as by your body shape. Men often carry their excess weight around their middle, while women often carry their excess weight on their hips and thighs.
Carrying excess weight around your middle (being ‘apple shaped ) is more of a health risk than if your excess weight is on your hips and thighs (being ‘pear shaped’ ). The so-called ‘pear shape’ is actually a healthier body shape than being ‘apple shaped .
For more information go to http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/Healthy_Living/Healthy_Weight/Pages/default.aspx
Pilates works on your deep and superficial muscles that stabilize, align, and move the trunk of the body, especially the abdominals and muscles of the back. It has many benefits, such as developing flexibility, coordination and control in body movement. Circulation and respiratory processes are improved as well as posture and balance. People who do Pilates regularly report enhanced self-confidence as another benefit they gained from this exercise program. Its low impact makes it a great exercise routine for all ages.
Carers need to care for their own back, whether you are caring for children or adults. when caring for others. To prevent back strain as a result of lifting or moving a person, visit this site for a wealth of information on how to perform these tasks safely and information on how to protect yourself from injury http://www.carersnsw.asn.au/storage/pdfs/facts/newFacts/FSBackCareNov06.pdf
I have been meeting with General Practitioners to deliver care to their patients in the home in the hope that we can help manage the increasing health problems in the community. If we can manage patients before their health deteriorates then surely that is going to help them live a better life and manage the increases in chronic disease
“Waking up every morning in pain can be overwhelming… thanks for helping”
The Australian Pain Management Association advocates for recognition of chronic pain as a disease in its own right and for better health and community services for people with ongoing pain. The APMA believes pain management is a human healthcare right. Their website aims to offer pain management options and information for people with pain, families and friends, and to also provide an interesting and informative site for health care professionals
Find some helpful tips for self help at www.painmanagement.org.au/self-help or for carers go to www.painmanagement.org.au/help-for-carers
The Motor Neurone Disease Association of Queensland Inc (MND QLD) has a small team of part-time Regional Advisors to help people living with MND connect to the services they need.
They are also able to offer ongoing information and support to families and health care professionals as questions arise or needs change.
For more information regarding MND Qld please go to http://www.mndaq.org.au/