Lately, I've been on my phone more than I'd like to admit. It got me thinking about how the repetitive actions of swiping and typing are impacting my hands and body. Ouch! It's time to readjust! It’s no secret that engaging in the same action over and over again makes it more likely that you will develop a repetitive strain injury. The good news is that this outcome is not inevitable. Learning more about your most important tool, your body, can be incredibly empowering.
I don’t know about the art program(s) that you attended, but in the ones I went through we didn’t really talk about health and wellness in the studio. I get it, we’re in art school to study art, not physical therapy, but our studio practices influence the longevity of our careers, and I believe that encouraging education about these topics should be a priority.
It’s still winter and dang it’s cold! If you’re like me, it can be hard to leave the house on days like these. Winter can be tough on the body because of the low temperatures and lack of daylight. Also, many of us don’t get enough exercise in the colder months, so our bodies ache and desire movement. Even though it’s cozy to lay in bed and work on your laptop or watch an episode on netflix, remember that it is even more important to keep the body warm and moving in the winter months. Here are a few things to try.
As many of you know, I studied Massage Therapy before going to school for Fine Art. My training for Massage Therapy provided my first introduction to anatomy and physiology. It also forced me to consider how the repetitive motions of massage therapy could negatively affect my body if I didn’t maintain proper body mechanics.