Now that spring is officially here and there is a bit more sunlight streaming through your windows you may be starting to look a little more closely at you house and consequently finding it wanting. Refreshing your space not only creates a nicer living environment it also really helps to brighten your mood. There are of course a few postural concerns, however, if you are going to do this work yourself:
Using cold gel before you start is a good tip, that way you can make sure that the inflammation levels to which your joints are being subjected to is as low as possible which should increase the length of time you can work for before discomfort sets in.
Consider your back/neck at all times, for example using a roller on a pole to paint the ceiling may be easier than getting up there and shifting your step around but pick a point in front of you as your focus, rather than painting overhead. This is not just to stop you splattering your self with emulsion, it is also aimed at reducing the arching of your neck and spine whilst looking directly upwards.
Pacing yourself, especially if you have back/neck/joint concerns or energy issues, is paramount. It is far better to spread the work over several days and be generally comfortable throughout rather than going hell for leather and being laid up for the next week. Also if you tend to get stuck into your work and forget the time then setting an alarm to signal that it is time for a break can be very helpful. Plus if you pop on a bit more cold gel just in case then that should pay dividends.
When cutting in round your coving etc. stand on a stable hop-up and get right up there so you can really see what you are doing and again keep that neck posture as upright as possible. When working at a low level then don’t just bend, crouch right down and keep your back in as good a posture as possible.
Once you have finished for the day then don’t have a relaxing hot bath, you might not be able to get out! Have a shower followed by an ice pack, whilst reclined or lying on your back with your knees up, then if you are feeling delicate use another ice pack before going to bed.
If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter/blog plus information about special offers, practitioner news and courses by email, please sign up to our mailing list: