If you are in pain, or even once you become pain free, you should be on the lookout for triggers in your environment. Are these things giving you pain?
Some things to look out for:
- Have you heard the saying “sitting is the new smoking” – it’s true! Sitting for too long or in the wrong position can have major pain consequences.
- If you work on computers frequently make sure the work space and layout suits you. Make sure that the monitor is at comfortable eye level so you don’t have to tilt your head down and that the mouse is within easy reach (without over extending your arm/shoulder). Keep your head and spine vertically aligned – constantly tilting the head forward and down, tightens neck and shoulders muscles. Take frequent breaks to move freely and drink water!
- When you are sitting, your feet should be able to comfortably rest on the floor (or stool) and not swing from the seat. Maybe a ‘Sit to Stand’ or ergonomic desk may be the answer for you. Test personally before you buy if possible and select a good quality chair – if you have back and pain issues this is not the time to buy cheap.
- Poor phone posture – have you ever looked at someone (or yourself in the mirror) while using your mobile phone or tablet? Head forward and down, rounded upper back and shoulders – it’s not a pretty sight. Prolonged texting, watching movies or using Facebook etc. helps create what was called years ago ‘dowagers hump’.
Are any of these habits causing you pain? You can turn it around! Change your environment and habits and get some good body work to help relieve your pain.