04 Aug 4 tips to get rid of everyday aches & pains
Do you suffer from back pain, neck pain, headaches or just general discomforts??
Well you’re no
t the only one!
I promise you!
The main issue is that humans aren’t designed to stay in one place for hours at a time, we’re designed to move.
Think about your day today?
How many hours did you spend sitting down to work or to watch TV or even driving?
When we don’t move it’s inevitable that we will have some issues.
Move it or lose it comes to mind!
This article isn’t a cure-all article and if you are suffering from severe pain, I’d advise that you see a physical therapist of some kind.
The tips in this blog are just some of the strategies I have used with myself & clients to get them moving and more importantly out of pain.
Take a movement break
This doesn’t even have to be a form of specific exercise, just try to expose your joints and tissues to ranges of motion different to when you’re working at your desk. This will help move fluid, blood and nutrition into joints to keep them healthy.
Give this a go,
Set a 10 minute alarm on your phone and move for the 10 minutes. Stretch, walk, yoga, push ups, squats whatever you want. It’s only 10 minutes.
Don’t overthink it, just move.
➡️ What does your working environment look like?
Try to be aware of what position you’re in while working, If you have to excessively bend over to type and look at the screen, your neck won’t be be happy with you.
Aim for a set up that helps an upright posture, but also the freedom to step side-to-side and just move a little.
➡️ Manage your stress
It’s one of the last things on people’s minds when they are suffering niggles and pains, but your stress factors may be the exact reason you’re suffering in the first place.
Chronic stress not only increases resting tension in tissues, but it can actually change the way you breathe. By breathing heavy, through the chest and with the mouth, you’re contracting the musculature around the neck constantly – which further exacerbates your pain/tightness in that area.
I recommend nasal breathing as much as possible, along with stress management techniques such as meditation, walks, exercise and gratitude.
Breath work tip.
Inhale 5 seconds
Exhale 5 seconds
Repeat for 10 rounds and feel the difference.
➡️ Get stronger
This is something I can definitely attest to. Gaining strength, especially in areas that are particularly weak has helped me to reduce my aches, pains and tightness.
Every muscle in your body has a role to fulfil. When a muscle is very weak, another muscle may try to complete that role instead. This can create a network of issues along that chain. Cue pain.
If you currently do no form of strength training, then I would recommend introducing some to your routine.
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