For many Americans, pain and aches are a part of everyday life. Fortunately, the solution to your pain can also be a part of your daily routine. From postural changes to simple daily stretches, there …
3 Easy Ways to Reduce Pain Every Day
For many Americans, pain and aches are a part of everyday life. Fortunately, the solution to your pain can also be a part of your daily routine. From postural changes to simple daily stretches, there are many options available for limiting your joint and muscle pain. Developing these habits isn’t easy, and it requires disciple—but it’s all worth it once it starts to pay off.
Pay attention to your posture. Even if it isn’t the primary cause of your pain, tenderness, or other symptoms, your posture and movements throughout the day—especially in the workplace—can have a significant impact on your body. We often mention the role that working at a computer plays in spinal health, and for good reason: hunching over a computer for several hours per day is an extremely common habit, but it’s also detrimental to your spine, muscles, and ligaments.
When sitting at a computer, you should always aim to keep your spine aligned, with your shoulders directly above your hips. Ergonomic products may help. Other daily habits may also play a role in persistent pain, including your sleeping position, carrying heavy objects—even your posture while using a cell phone.
Do some stretches every day. Stretches keep your muscles strong and limber, and even if you’re not exactly an athlete, daily stretching can reduce your pain and help to prevent injury, as well as certain joint or muscle conditions. There are dozens of great stretches that will help, though you’ll want to focus on your own individual problem areas. For example, if you have lower back pain, try stretching your lower back by lying down on a mat and holding your knees toward your chest.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle. At PMR, we’re all about holistic, comprehensive approaches to health. Everything from patterns of eating and nutritional habits to regular exercise abstaining from cigarette smoking and excessive actual consumption impacts the body on a daily basis. Pain is also individual, and may depend on existing conditions or anatomy.
No matter what’s contributing to your pain or joint and muscle issues, there are ways to control it—and even eliminate it altogether. To learn more about our modalities and approaches, get in touch with a specialist at PMR today!