Aches and pains can be the source of much discomfort. They can lead to a lack of sleep and in extreme cases, can limit your lifestyle. Aches are often the result of unconscious things we do in our everyday lives. And so by making a few simple adjustments, we can eradicate them completely.
Visit a Chiropractor
If you have persistent pain that you can’t resolve after making lifestyle changes, then consider visiting a chiropractor. He or she will manipulate your bones, muscles and joints using a range of techniques. They may also offer advice on diet and exercise.
Change your Bag
We carry heavy bags all the time, and we don’t realize the problems they cause. Emptying your bag and reducing the amount of ‘stuff’ you carry around is a start. The type of bag may also be causing you problems. Consider swapping your shoulder bag to a backpack and see if this makes a difference.
Are You Sitting Comfortably?
The way you sit has many ramifications. The worst culprits are often office chairs. Your workplace should provide a workstation assessment. If you haven’t received one, and you think this could be the cause of pain and discomfort then let your boss know.
Your desk chair should be adjustable and allow you to make changes to height, position and arm rests. If it doesn’t provide adequate comfort, then a lumbar support may be the answer. Also, make sure your feet rest comfortably on the ground. If they don’t then request a foot rest.
Some businesses are now investing in standing desks which allow you to change the position of your work station. You can alternate between standing and sitting.
Sitting properly doesn’t just refer to work. Though it might be tempting to work on your laptop in bed, it might not be doing your back much good.
Doing regular exercise keeps our joints and muscles supple, and prevents them from stiffening up. A few gentle exercises each day may be all it takes to stop muscular and joint pain. Walking and keeping active can also help. Make sure you warm up before exercise and warm down afterwards.
Simple stretching can help to loosen and lengthen muscles. An exercise like yoga can help with this. Also, tell your instructor if you are suffering from pain and they will help you work with this.
Some pain is caused by dehydration. This is not just limited to headaches. It can affect other areas of your body including your back and muscles. Getting rid of your pain may be as simple as drinking enough fluids each day. As a general rule of thumb, this equates to around 3 liters for men and 2.2 liters for women. Though this may vary depending on weight and activity levels. Temperature is also a factor.
If pain is unexpected, persistent or if you are worried in any way, we would recommend a visit to your doctor. But in many cases, simple changes to your lifestyle may be enough to banish aches and pains for good.