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Beat Exam Stress & Strain

It’s exam time again, with thousands of young people revising and cramming in order to pass those all-important school exams. Whether you have a young family member working towards common entrance, or older children taking GCSE or ‘A’ levels, it can be a stressful time for the whole family.

We often see teenagers and children with ‘tension’ type problems across their shoulder girdle, upper back and necks at this time of year. Some of our patients will come in with headaches and migraines, that have often been exacerbated by studying for long periods of time at a computer or worse, slumped on their beds with a lap top on their knees.

Carrying school bags of heavy books can result in low back and shoulder problems and added to the levels of general anxiety patients often find themselves distressed and uncomfortable at the very time they need to be functioning well. All this in conjunction with growth spurts and hormones. It’s a lot for any young person to have to to deal with!

student exam stress and exhaustion

Here at Cedar Hall Clinics we are happy to treat students of all ages. We are aware that teenagers are not often forthcoming when they are not feeling on top form and they often find it difficult to explain that they are a bit ‘up tight’ both emotionally and physically. Gentle osteopathic treatment can often help to relieve some of the mechanical stresses and strains associated with long hours of study and we are also able to offer advice about the best ways to position computers and laptops to reduce postural strain.

We have male and female osteopaths so each patient has a choice of practitioners. The only requirement is that any patient under 16 years old is accompanied by an adult.

A free assessment is a popular choice if you really don’t know what’s causing your pain or discomfort – it gives students, parents & practitioners a chance to find out what’s going on & discuss treatment options. Why not give it a try?

In the meantime good luck with those exams from all of us at Cedar Hall Clinics.

With thanks to our osteopath Lorraine for this blog



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Workplace Stress – A Pain in the Neck?

Work stresses out the mind – but what about the body? Did you ever stop to think about your work environment and the effects it has on the structure and function of your body?

Common complaints such as back and neck pain, eye strain, headache pain or general stress and tension can be directly or indirectly affected by our office environment. The office is a minefield for bad body habits. The way we sit in our chair, the length of time we stare at our computer or the interminable hours we work all affect our body in different ways.


POSTURE:  Correct posture will relieve pressure on the lower back, improve your breathing and increase the blood circulation through the back, lower back and legs.Your head should be in an upright position when viewing documents on your computer screen.

Breathe with your diaphragm when sitting or standing.

Keep your shoulders relaxed and your elbows close to your sides when working.

Don’t slouch in your chair or slump your shoulders.

SUPPORT:   A comfortable supportive chair will take pressure away from the lower back and make it easier to sit in front of the computer or at your desk.

Ensure your back is adequately supported.

Your hips should be as far back in the chair as possible so that your back is touching your chair back.

YOUR COMPUTER:  Continual tasks in front of your computer can cause eye strain, headaches, neck pain and put pressure on the shoulders.

The keyboard height and slope should be both easy to adjust.

The mouse should be within close reach and at the same level as the keyboard.
You should hold the mouse lightly with all fingers and click gently. Move the mouse with your entire arm instead of just your wrist.

Your shoulders should be relaxed when keying or using the mouse.

Your documents should be positioned on a stand placed between the monitor and keyboard

TAKE REGULAR BREAKS:  Take a break and get the blood flowing through the body. Get up from your desk and stretch out your back, neck, shoulders and legs

Get up from your desk and walk around the office, e.g. take a 15 minute break, get a glass of water or go to the toilet.

Get out of the office in your lunch hour, try going for a walk or even a swim.

And dream……………………!!!!!!

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Posted by on September 30, 2012 in Conditions & Treatments


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