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The rise in longer hours both commuting and at work has seen many contractors experience a negative impact on their health and every day wellbeing. Tight deadlines, meetings on meetings and strict schedules means many of us are putting our bodies in awkward or unnatural positions for long periods of time.

The human muscle system is an intricate and delicate system that pulls, pushes and twists in all different ways to keep us operating. The problem when we stop using these muscles is their elasticity starts to decrease and movement starts to stagnate. The muscles are essentially ‘shutting down’ as they are not being called into action. The same can be said in physically intense jobs, with those same muscles and tendons being overworked and stretched where they can tear, bruise or snap!

Similarly, contractors working on shift patterns can be prone to a number of other effects such as sleep pattern disruption, metabolic dysfunction and chronic fatigue. Keeping mentally healthy is just as (if not more so) as important as staying physically healthy as your body becomes useless if your brain isn’t functioning properly!

Around 80% of new work related conditions in 2015 were musculoskeletal disorders or stress, depression or anxiety (HSE official statistics 2015). For contractors this can mean a loss in earnings and in some cases costs for private medical care.

Seeing as most of our waking hours are spent at work, we’ve put some handy tips below as well as some images from the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) to keep you mobile and healthy at work and keep you going whether you’re spent most of the day sat down at a desk, operating in a busy manufacturing or industrial site or a bit of both!

We’ve included some of our favourites that we like to do here at Appytech. If you’re sat down reading this – why not try a few?

Just before you get out your seat, just a quick note that Appytech customers get free insurance that covers medical, tax and other areas…so the only thing you’d have to worry about is stretching your hamstrings and sitting comfortably!

Chartered Institute of Physiotherapy handy tips

Posted in Wellbeing On June 15, 2016