Merdeka.com – The passage of the COVID-19 pandemic in the last two years has made many people now work from home or WFH. Unfortunately, working conditions at home that are not ideal often cause problems, especially for a person’s physical condition.
Head of the Medical Rehabilitation Installation (IRM) M. Ridwan Meuraksa Hospital, dr. Saad Budiyono SpKFR shared tips on how to avoid or cope with muscle and joint pain that many people who practice WFH have recently complained about.
“When we use joints and muscles, it must be adjusted to age and activity. Don’t overdo it, don’t overuse it. Don’t go beyond our capacity. It’s also important to remember that joints and muscles shouldn’t be moved for too long. with his capacity,” said doctor Saad some time ago as reported by Antara.
In recent times, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, complaints of muscle and joint pain seem to be increasing. This is especially the case for young people who during the pandemic had to work from home.
Whereas before the pandemic, muscle and joint pain was identical to the disease of the elderly who did experience degeneration so that the performance of the joints and muscles was no longer optimal. In order to ensure that the muscles and joints work optimally, Dr. Saad also said that when doing activities, it is better for people not to rely on one position only.
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How to Minimize Joint and Muscle Pain
For example, when your work position requires you to sit all day, it’s a good idea to change positions every two hours. Changing positions in doing an activity, apparently can reduce pressure or compression on one part of the body that can potentially cause pain in the muscles or joints that bear the burden of the body.
In addition, to prevent muscle and joint pain you can also do light exercise but with regular intensity.
“The easiest way (exercise) is walking, at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. It can be accompanied by raising our hands while practicing breathing. Ideally it is done three to five times a week. The point is according to age,” said dr. Saad.
He also added, in order to avoid pain in muscles and joints, it is better to warm up and cool down for people who like to do strenuous sports such as swimming, playing soccer, to cycling.
Not only from activity, food intake is also something that needs to be considered. Consumption of foods high in calcium and supports muscle mass can be a good choice to avoid muscle soreness. [RWP]
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