Some of the most recent positive news has been regarding the re-opening of some service providers who have kept doors shut for months now due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many have expressed great joy seeing businesses get back to normality and take in clients again after such a long break. However, some services are seeing a surge in clients because of lockdown activities that have in some cases ‘gone wrong. These include the numerous amounts of bad quarantine haircuts, home workouts, and dietary changes. Lockdown trends have indeed caused some damage to people physically and most prominently in our physical form.
Lockdown not only forced people to create their own offices at home, but also to utilize their home spaces for many other activities also. Workplaces and gyms closing was a necessary step to take in the height of the pandemic but trying to mimic the same environment at home sometimes is just not completely possible or good for you in the long term, considering the good intention. In these cases, chiropractors and physiotherapists are seeing a massive increase in new clients as they are just slowly reopening their doors after the long break. These lockdown trends have caused mostly sports-related injuries but also a big number is from makeshift home offices and the new general home-centered routines.
Not having the correct space or supervision during home workouts often can lead to physical injuries such as neck and shoulder injuries, sprains, and many conditions in the legs. No matter how good the personal trainer on ZOOM is, physical injury during home workouts can happen at any time. Another main reason for the surge of clients is caused by home offices resulting in bad posture, headaches, and stiffness from having uncomfortable spaces or the wrong equipment to sustain long hours in front of their computers at home. Some conditions can flare up over time from excessive sitting such as sciatica, nerve entrapment, and back and hip pain.
Simply adjusting to staying at home can take its toll physically for many people, such as strains from playing with children or from DIY projects, ultimately the list is endless. The good news is that now, all of these injuries can be alleviated over time with the regular help of professional practitioners. Treatments also vary depending on the injury, severity, age, and occupation.
A majority of individuals are extremely keen to solve these injuries caused during lockdown especially coming into the new season and more freedom to enjoy the outdoors. Canada is known for its amazing surroundings and the emphasis and influence of an active outdoor lifestyle is calling people back to enjoy nature. However, bouncing back on a bike or hiking again can aggravate and bring back any of those hidden injuries caused by the lockdown. BC Back Chiropractor has expressed the importance of finding the source of pain and alleviating it through natural techniques.
Then also knowledge of prevention of injury comes hand in hand. Therefore, the message is not to rush back into intense activities, but instead ensure we are physically ready to go back to our normal routines and to take time to educate ourselves on how to come back better and stronger.
The British Colombia Chiropractic Association has written how movement is actually a type of medicine, especially to undo many of the negative attainments from the pandemic such as stress and other medical-related conditions. Keeping active is itself a form of injury prevention and it goes perfectly with the help and guidance of skilled and professional chiropractors’ advice. By taking care and emerging from the pandemic cautiously is the key to getting into the best version of you and enjoying the new year.
Everyone worldwide is anticipating the ‘new normal’ but it’s good to be reminded that we must undo some of the damage done during the lockdown and break some of our old habits. This is to ensure that we are better and stronger in the new year as well as smarter to avoid being susceptible to future ailments. 2021 is the year to grow and to slowly go back to enjoying our wonderful surroundings.