BY: Sunny Jaspal
Conditions / Massge
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One of the most common complaints patients come to see me for is back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain. In fact more sick days are taken due to back, neck and shoulder pain that any other ailment. So why do so many of us suffer with these conditions and what can we do to manage and prevent them?
Many of the patients I see are office workers, often sitting for long hours and working with computers. Poor posture, an unsuitable work station and working without breaks is a recipe for back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain. This type of injury is often classed as a repetitive strain injury and may also include the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow. These problems may arise in any situation (not just at a desk) where incorrect posture is maintained.
Back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain can also be caused by stress. Stress makes us feel tense, so in turn we tense our bodies, which leads to pain.
Do you want to be pain free? Then follow these easy tips:
- Maintain correct and relaxed posture when working at your computer:
Ensure the top of your screen is at eye level so you head is in a neutral position. If you work at a laptop then consider using a laptop riser.
Elbows should have a 90 degree bend so that the tops of your arms are relaxed by your side, with your keyboard and mouse within easy and comfortable reach. Laptop users consider using an external keyboard.
Feet should be flat on the floor (use a footrest if they do not reach) and knees and hips should have a 90 degree bend.
Sit upright in a relaxed posture, using cushions to support your lower back if needed.
- Take regular breaks – use this as an excuse to keep yourself hydrated.
- Manage stress by creating a calm working environment.
How can massage help?
Massage works by relieving tension in the many layers of the body’s soft tissues by using specialist massage techniques. What is needed here is more than just a ‘relaxation’ massage, however the relaxation should still be included and is important for managing emotional stress. This combination of relaxing the body and mind makes massage the perfect treatment for management of neck pain, shoulder pain and back pain!
Do you have a question or comment? For more information please visit www.sunnyjaspal.com or call Sunny today on 07582 682 746, firstname.lastname@example.org.