“At first you just slouch, then your hands are taken away from you,” BeautyHack editor Dilyara Telyasheva faced the “workaholic back” syndrome and won. The plan of action and advice of an osteopath is in personal material.
I have been hunched over my entire adult life - bending over an interesting book, enthusiastically typing materials about new fragrances and crossing my legs waiting for coffee at the bar. So I feel comfortable in my "cocoon". I introduce myself to Marlene Dietrich (Renata Litvinova, at worst).
Reaching the phone and wallet turned out to be an impossible mission - the hands became softer than plasticine and hung like a puppet.
My good neighborhood with a gracefully crooked spine cracked in early April. The day was special - exactly one month of work at BeautyHack. Instead of a cake, I marked this date with a shock interview and two longreads (I'm not complaining - I love writing more than any cakes). I ran after the last bus towards the house. Jumping up the step, I felt that I could not grab the handrail - my hand was on it, but the surface did not feel. Reaching the phone and wallet turned out to be an impossible mission - the hands became softer than plasticine and hung like a puppet. I felt hot tears streaming down my cheeks, and I could not wipe them away - I watched them fall onto a handmade beige coat (Max Mara, by the way).
The driver put my finger on the button of the iPhone. Who should I call? A close friend did not lament, but immediately threw off the number of "Elizabeth the Enchantress" - a doctor who replaced her whole clinic.
Elizabeth made the verdict right away - the cause of her arms was … An uncomfortable office chair with a low back.
First aid for a symptom is to run to the pharmacy for warming patches (pharmacists will understand you, open the bag under your supervision, help pay and stick the patch on the desired point). The second step is to get to an osteopath as soon as possible.
Elizabeth began her appointment with a detailed examination of each vertebra. She read all childhood traumas and psychological experiences without my help - literally, "by the bones." Nerves were not in vain - by the age of 22 I had second degree scoliosis, osteochondrosis and a spine in the form of two mirrored twos.
I didn't even have time to get upset - a smiling red-haired woman immediately started body-to-body manual therapy: she sat me down on the couch, grabbed my arms and asked to pull my neck to the side. Click! And my neck returns to its original position. We repeated these movements with all my "office" vertebrae. The procedure is not pleasant, but the hands of a professional work wonders - I did not feel any acute pain despite the fact that the spine was actively aligned somewhere under the skin (it's scary to imagine!).
Elizabeth called my muscles tired and clogged - the shoulders and calves had to be stretched, using all the strength of the arms. Fitness with a negligent trainer was to blame - when I dodged stretching, he did not mind.
Spine and Joint Health Center "Natamed" on Mayakovskaya
“To relax the“workaholic's back”, like Dilyara's, massage like in a spa is not suitable. It will be “tasty and beautiful”, they will put on relaxation music for you and “stroke” you, but not cure. Professional osteopaths work only in medical clinics.
It is important that your doctor has a high level of finger sensitivity so that he can “read” your spine without an X-ray. During training, our abilities were tested as follows: they covered a thin hair with sheets of paper - one, two, three, and so on. The goal of the doctor is to determine where the hair is located through the maximum number of sheets. Even as a student, I found the exact position through 8 layers.
How to protect yourself from office back syndrome?
- Take the money and order the right high-backed chair (your neck shouldn't be "hanging in the air").
- Your elbows should be at or flat against the countertop.
- Place your feet straight and do not lift your feet off the floor.
- The monitor should be at your eye level.
- Get up every half hour, come up with a good reason - pour water or hot tea, walk along the corridor, shake your shoulders and turn your body in different directions.
- Finally, enter the Soviet tradition of industrial gymnastics. Print out a set of simple stretching exercises, get up as a group and devote five minutes to your health. "
Spine and Joint Health Center "Natamed" on Mayakovskaya Street Fadeeva, 7, p. 1 Text: Dilyara Telyasheva