Bizarre potato trick can help back and neck pain caused by working at home, say experts

Sitting in front of a computer at home for hours every day during isolation might just be taking its toll on your back and neck now. 

As most companies were forced to come up with remote working solutions at short notice, we're not all sitting in the correct way at our makeshift desks. 

This can cause bad posture as well as neck and back pain - which is starting to cause a lot of pain for many office workers. 

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But strangely,  a weird trick for relieving neck pain and migraines has been found by a trained osteopath. 

It's the humble potato.

Stephen Makinde, an osteopath and clinical director from the UK says, “We’ve seen an increase in the number of clients with neck problems and migraines associated with neck stiffness since the start of the coronavirus lockdown.

“When you are looking at a screen, if your line of sight is in line with it then you are fine."

He adds, “But if you are looking down, which you do when working on a laptop, what tends to happen is the head starts to hang forward and that puts a lot of strain on the upper back.

“This can often cause a burning sensation in the trapezius muscles and affects other muscles in the neck, the spine and the nerves.”

He says that if you can't get to see a trained osteopath or doctor, one way to ease your isolation back problems is to use a potato to help ease the tension.

Yep, when used in the right way, it can reportedly help to “reset” the muscles which are strained when we hunch over.

Stephen claims that one tip his Harley Street clinic gives its patients is to go to their kitchen cupboards and dig out two potatoes.

He explains, “Tennis balls are really useful for this, but potatoes work well, too.

"You just sellotape them together and lie down flat, with the potatoes placed underneath the back of your head.

“Then you let the neck relax and that helps to reset the neck position and loosen the muscles. It’s so effective.

“This is a really easy and useful thing people can do at home to release their neck tension and the pressure around there themselves.”

Of course, if you're in deep pain you should consult your GP or osteopath and make an appointment before the pain becomes intolerable. 

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