People are feeling a lot of anxiety and stress right now and being at home more than normal can take a toll on our bodies – especially those who are working from home and spending more time looking at screens – which can lead to more aches and pain. Gina Otterbein chatted with the WOOD TV eightWest studios and shared her tips for reducing aches and pain through exercise and stretching.
As people find themselves spending hours on end at makeshift workstations, whether on their couch or at their kitchen table, they often begin to experience back and neck pain or discomfort in their wrists and shoulders. These uncomfortable positions can also lead to slouching, which leads to even more pain. In addition to working at home, we’re simply not getting out and moving around as much as we previously were. This can lead to more of a sedentary lifestyle that can ultimately drain our energy levels.
Whether you’re working from home or simply feeling cabin fever, Gina points out that it’s crucial to get up and move. She recommends setting an alarm to do something active every hour, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Go take a walk, climb the stairs, or do stretches. You can even involve your children if they’re home with you.
If you’re experiencing aches and pains and need some help, physical therapy is considered essential so we are open and seeing patients, but we’re also offering Telehealth appointments so you don’t have to leave home. Plus, insurance companies have expanded coverage on Telehealth appointments for physical therapy during COVID. Get more information on Telehealth, and schedule an appointment here.
Telehealth – Virtual face-to-face appointment with PT
- Real-time 1-1 sessions with your physical therapist
- Easy to get started
- Takes place in the comfort of your own home
- We’re accepting new patients
View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest
If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about various topics: Couch to 5k Training Program, how fitness can prevent cancer, tips to reduce holiday stress, reducing your chances for a fall, is physical therapy painful, pediatric constipation and bed wetting, back pain in women, physical therapy vs taking prescription pain medication, the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapy, pain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretching, women’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!
Please note, beneficiaries of federal health care programs are not eligible to participate in free consultations.