I have a compliant patient! Can you believe that?
On her first visit, we addressed the obvious observable issue of posture (forward shoulders forward head) and its role in her presenting complaint of upper back pain.
We talked about her workplace ergonomics, bent over a computer keyboard for the better part of each day. Oh, carpal tunnel-like symptoms, too? Let’s look at how you use your keyboard, your monitor placement, that sort of thing.
And you have stress at work? How remarkable!
And how often to you get up and move around? Do you do any stretches at work? NO? I’d suggest you find a freeware program that minimally reminds you to stop using the keyboard every 15-20 minutes or so.
She came back the second week having fully implemented everything we’d talked about. Matter of fact, with her input after the PT evaluation, her boss recommended “ergonomic keyboards” for everybody who wanted one.
And she told me about Ergocise, a free reminder-and-exercise program she found that I strongly suggest for ALL YOU GEEKS out there that forget you have an actual bricks-and-mortar body to tend to while you surf, browse, blog and chat. GO GET ERGOCISED!