Concrete Seats on New Thameslink trains…
Have you heard the news about the newest commuter trains? There’s much talk in the press about the seats having been likened to concrete. The former president of the Institute of Osteopathy is quoted in as saying passengers might be advised to bring their own cushions to combat the discomfort…
In an article he says that “Sitting on something that’s hard can cut off circulation and give you cramps in the back of your legs.”
I know from treating many commuters that sitting on a train is not great for the body, or for your mental health. I see plenty of people who come in with low back pain, neck pain or shoulder pain from sitting all day at work and then sitting for long commutes to and from their job.
So what can you do?
Well, if taking a cushion is too awkward you might want to wriggle your toes while you’re sitting there. This will help circulation and might reduce the chances of you getting cramp. You can also use this as an opportunity to do some pelvic floor exercises or some buttock clenches. Just gently clench one buttock for 5 seconds and then the other. Then suck up the pelvic floor (as if you’re trying not to pee) and try to hold that for 5 seconds. Most of us can only manage about 3 seconds. And repeat!
If you are finding the commute more uncomfortable than usual and need any advice on other way to manage aches and pains from sitting (whether on concrete or an office chair for too long) please let us know. Our osteopathy clinic in Hove is near the station and we have evening and weekend appointments – very handy if you commute.
You can call on 01273 771441 or book online.