Hand washing is easy, and has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Hand hygiene can help stop germs from spreading from person to person and in our community – including the workplace, home and educational institutions.
Hand sanitization is still considered the easiest way to protect against Covid-19. According to the ‘Attitude to Hygiene and Sanitation in India’ report released by market intelligence agency Mintel earlier this year, two out of five Indians (41%) strongly agree that regular use of hand sanitizer is still the best hygiene practice, even after the epidemic has subsided. . Furthermore, the report found that consumers want a sanitizer that is suitable for sensitive skin (50%), contains natural ingredients (48%), and contains high quality fragrances such as fragrances (46%).
According to the Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), ease of use is the top growing demand for hand sanitizer launches in India which increased significantly from 3.7% to 39% between October 2018 and September 2021.
The report contradicts an investigation by Bradley Corporation, a US-based commercial plumbing fixtures giant, which says hand hygiene has begun to slow down – a development that saw sharp growth during the first lockdown in 2020. It states that the frequency of hand washing in adults has decreased by 25% while most Americans wash their hands an average of 10.5 times per day. This year, the number has dropped one-quarter to 7.8 times per day.
On the other hand, there are reasons to maintain good hand hygiene in India. It is the social pressures that drive the hygiene practices of Indian consumers. The Mintel report states that maintaining good hygiene is widely promoted because consumers can take the best measures to deal with the spread of Covid-19. As a result, many consumers’ hygiene practices are now driven by social pressures.
Most Indian consumers (84%) agree that personal hygiene, such as hand sanitizing and wearing a mask, is a social responsibility rather than a personal one. “For consumers, using a cleaner and personal hygiene product to maintain a better social image. It is essential for brands to be at the top of their hygiene game by giving consumers a sense of pride through brand and product ownership and a sense of discretion through innovative features and smooth packaging. Brands can focus on initiatives that help consumers demonstrate their cleanliness efforts to their peers so that behaviors can be embedded and engage with the category, ”said Tribeni Kulkarni, senior beauty and personal care analyst at Mintel.
While hand hygiene has proven to be one of the most important reasons to stay sanitized during an epidemic, it is also important to take extra care of our hands which does many things. Since all homework and technology scores are performed manually, experts advise us to take the best care of our hands, especially to treat hand pain, wrist pain and injuries for better hand care.
“Hand massage is a soothing treatment that involves relaxing the muscles and improving the range of motion. The lower arms are massaged and the marma (energy points) of the hands are given special attention to keep the body in balance. For 45 minutes. Hand massage can help reduce ebb (conducts movements including airway and breathing and circulation) and can also improve any problems with the wrists and elbows, ”said Radhika Iyer, a yogini and wellness promoter.
As technology, especially phones and computers, have become an integral part of our lives during epidemics, so have accompanying illnesses. Vaibhav Bagaria, Orthopedic Director, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, Mumbai, said, “Wrist pain and hand pain are common complaints. Some simple but effective measures to prevent this may include setting up a comfortable workstation. “
“A common cause of pain is tendonitis. It is important to ensure the correct position of the keyboard and mouse. One should reduce unnecessary pressure on the fingers, wrists, arms and shoulders, keep them as neutral as possible and relax one position. Another common condition is along the thumb. Radiating pain, also known as tenosynovitis, is now popularly known as ‘whatsappitis’ because it is a common occurrence among frequent mobile users.
The epidemic limited most people to housework or work from home. As a result, it has led to an increase in complaints of pain and soreness in the hands, wrists and arms. “People who work on laptops from home and type on their desktop usually suffer from wrist and neck strain due to poor posture and long working hours,” said Amit Pankaj Agarwal, Director and Head of Joint Replacement, Arthroscopy and Orthopedics, Fortis. Hospital Shalimar Bagh, Delhi.
Agarwal recommends resting the affected area and supporting it using a splint or bracing for the wrist. “Using a vibrational device to soothe the affected area and gentle stretching exercises for the fingers, hands and wrists or applying a heating pad to the affected area can alleviate the pain and soreness,” he added.
Yoga for your hands
n Wrist-turn pose
This posture extends the Kingpin to the wrist and should be considered a daily step
n Start with your hands and knees. Make sure your wrist joint is directly below your shoulder joint
n Extend one wrist at a time. Turn the wrist of the right hand to the right, moving a little more each time until one day, your fingers are pointing towards your body
n Breathe, push the floor away, lengthen the neck
Hold on to your shoulders and
30 seconds. Slowly get out of it and change direction
n Do this movement twice
On each side
n Wrist-opener pose
All other moves focus on a flexible extension of the wrist joint – this move is unique because you will eventually feel an amazing extension.
n Start with your hands and knees. Bring your left wrist below your shoulders, palms facing up. Spread your fingers evenly
n Place your right hand on the wrist of your left hand and gently press on the left hand
Lean forward until you reach your limit, then hold for 30 seconds to one minute and breathe
n To get out of it, lean away from the stretch and slowly release your left wrist. Repeat the step with your right hand
n Joint-opener pose
To open a joint, stretch the surrounding joint and muscle at the same time
n Sit up straight on the floor. Place your hands on the floor behind you. Play in the direction that the fingers point according to where you feel the best stretch
n Lean on the hand, flatten the palm of your hand and spread the fingers evenly.
n Breathe, lengthen your spine and push the floor away. Then exhale, open your chest and heart to the front, press the shoulder blades together behind you
n Do this move for 1 minute
n Inverted table posture
This posture takes the reclining mountain to the next level
n Start sitting and spread your fingers on the floor behind you and keep the palate flat
n Bend your knees and keep your legs flat. Distribute your weight evenly between your legs and arms
n Inhale and lift your buttocks off the floor, aiming to make them as high as your knees at the end. Exhale, then bring to the bottom of the back
n Do this for 1-3 minutes
n Downward facing dog posture
With this posture, you will get a less straight, gently angled extension to the wrist joint while strengthening all the muscles of the shoulder and arm.
n Divide your hands shoulder-width apart, flatten the palms and spread the fingers evenly
n Your legs should be approximately hip-width apart. Do this pose with bent knees
n Inhale and push the floor away, then exhale and lower your head towards the mat. Inhale and hold this posture for 30 seconds to 1 minute
Hand Care: Do’s and Don’ts
n Avoid repetitive strain injuries. Spending too much time on your device without pausing and ignoring the initial signs of injury can be especially harmful
n Excessive use of tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones is prone to fatigue. Take frequent breaks from work, maintain good posture
n Establish a stretching and desk exercise routine. For hands and wrists, using soft exercise balls and simple stretches such as rotating the wrist counterclockwise and counterclockwise will help maintain flexibility and reduce muscle fatigue.
BLURB: Two out of five Indians agree that regular use of hand sanitizer is still the best hygiene practice, according to a report