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As many employees return to work after lockdown, furlough or redundancy, we explore how back to work healthcare is critical to wellbeing

Are you going back to work after illness, redundancy, furlough or lockdown as a result of Covid-19 pandemic? If so, no doubt you’ll be feeling a degree of apprehension or anxiety. The world has changed immeasurably over the past few months. And for those returning to work, the corporate landscape will be almost unrecognisable.

Many people are now working remotely, indefinitely. Others are going back to reduced capacity offices with special measures in place to minimise the spread of Covid-19. It’s a lot to take in.

Here, we’ll explore a few ways in which back to work healthcare is more important than ever. We’ll also provide tips on how to look after your wellbeing, whether you’re working from home or in an office.

1 Are you sitting comfortably?

If you’ve been absent from work for any amount of time, your physical fitness will undoubtedly have changed in some way. Perhaps you’ve used your time off to exercise, eat healthily and enjoy time outdoors free from work commitments. Or, you may have reduced your activity without a daily commute and post-work social activity to keep you active.

Either way, if you’re going back to work, it’s worth considering the impact this will have on your physical health and fitness. By far one of the most important aspects of desk working, whether at home or in an office, is your posture and positioning. You’ll need a robust and comfortable desk chair for a start. Then, you’ll need to know how to sit correctly and where to place your arms and legs to minimise the risk of back pain or neck strain.

At Vala Health, we offer workplace assessments to help you ensure your workspace is set up correctly to avoid strain or poor posture. The assessment is suitable for home workers and office workers and can take place remotely for your safety.

2 Get moving

Just because you’re back to work doesn’t mean you can’t exercise during the day. In fact, moving around regularly, stretching and making time for a daily walk or yoga session are all key aspects of back to work healthcare.

There are a number of mobile phone apps you can download to support your physical fitness whilst desk working. Some will remind you to take regular comfort breaks to rest your eyes, drink water and stretch your muscles. Others can help you meditate or provide calming relaxation exercises to help focus your mind.

It’s so important to stay mobile when going back to work. According to the NHS, “Adults should do some type of physical activity every day. Any type of activity is good for you. The more you do the better.”

3 Consider online physiotherapy

With many people now working from home or in altered office environments due to Covid-19, online physiotherapy has become increasingly popular. As the name suggests, online physiotherapy takes place via a video chat, so can be conducted from anywhere, including in the comfort of your own home!

In a session, your physiotherapist will understand any issues or pain you’re experiencing and suggest exercises and stretches you can do from home that will help. If necessary, they can also refer you to a specialist or prescribe pain medication.

If going back to work means you’ll be spending hours working at a desk, it’s worth booking an online physiotherapy session to prevent or treat any muscle strain or general physiological health issues.

4 Your mind matters

Back to work healthcare isn’t just about your body. Whether you’re working in an office full of people or you do your job from home, alone, it’s really important to look after your mental health.

A key aspect of our back to work healthcare service is to assess and support your mental health in relation to your personal and professional lifestyle. At Vala Health we have a team of highly experienced Psychotherapists who can support your mental wellbeing. This is particularly useful if you are isolated at home or exposed to a stressful work environment.

If you have an existing mental health condition or you suffer with work related stress or anxiety, we’re here to help.

Back to work healthcare from Vala

At Vala, we believe everyone should have access to healthcare without needing to leave their home. Our online healthcare services allow you to fit your GP and specialist appointments around your schedule, to minimise disruption to your work or home life. Get in touch to find out more about our service or brown our plans and prices to see how we can help you.

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