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With the tax deadline fast approaching (April 30th), many of us are attempting to do our own by using a software program, or through a Chartered Accountant, as I do (Robert Gore & Associates). Regardless of which category you fall into, read on for some helpful hints to prevent pain and discomfort, and to make tax season less taxing.

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Neck pain can be due to muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back. It could be from spending long hours hunched over a desk or at a computer which can lead to neck strain causing muscle aches in the neck, upper back, and shoulders.

» Try using a chair with a forward-tilting seat posture to help prevent neck pain

Headaches are usually tension-related and are common for up to 90% of adults suffering from them. They come in various forms, such as migraine, cluster, and sinus.

» If it’s fatigue-related, drink a glass of water as you may be dehydrated

Your shoulders can hurt if you work with your arms held in one position for too long, from extensive mouse use, or without supporting your forearm.

» Your keyboard should be at elbow level with forearms/wrists parallel for typing

Elbow pain is another common problem with repetitive arm motion, possibly leading to epicondylitis, which affects the outside or inside part of the elbow.

» Use ice packs and stretching to help alleviate this

Hand and wrist pain can end with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, where the median nerve into the hand gets pinched, causing pain, numbness, and tingling sensation.

» Do Range of Motion exercises to maintain flexibility

Low back pain can come from standing too long in one place or by lifting and carrying heavy objects.

» Lift with your legs or go down on one knee before you lift. Keep your back straight, head up, and don’t twist

Taxes were supposed to be a “temporary measure” but instead leave you with long-term pain.

SUGGESTIONS:
It’s a good idea to stretch before and after a long stint of work or activity. It will keep you flexible and may prevent common injuries.

Ice packs after you work can help with the pain, as do over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines.

Take frequent breaks. Try a mini-break of 30 seconds, for 10 to 15 minutes of continuous work.

Sit up straight with your chin tucked in, and look straight ahead. Keep your shoulders relaxed, stretch regularly, and breathe deeply.

NOTE:

  • See your doctor if the pain persists or doesn’t go away within a day or two.
  • See your therapist if treatment is needed.

REFERENCE:

When Aches Become Injuries.  A Guide to preventing and managing repetitive strain injuries in the workplace.  The RSI Handbook London Occupational Safety and Health Information Service (LOSH)  www.losh.on.ca

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