If you’ve ever experienced back, neck and shoulder pain, you’ll want to read this article by guest blogger, Chelsea Sawyer. She explains for us the common causes of pain in these areas, ways to prevent that pain and some natural treatment options!
A change of activity or staying active is an important part of pain (in your back, neck or shoulder) management. Whether this pain is caused by injury, inflammation, tension, muscle strain, osteoporosis, trauma, arthritis or lifestyle factors, this can be prevented or usually treated with physical activities over oral medication. Some lifestyle factor causes are stress, bad work practices, sitting for a long period of time, being overweight, poor posture, lack of exercise and so on. Generally, treatments like physiotherapy, osteopathy or remedial massage can help alleviate the pain.
More Information About The Back
The back gives support for the pelvis, legs, rib-cage, arms and skull. It is a complex structure that also allows body movement.
Although not actually a serious disease for most, back pain is a very common problem. If not managed well, it will develop into further episodes. It can be classified into acute, chronic, or neuropathic pain. Understanding the type of pain can help you control it better. Exercise, manual therapy, massage and medication are the usual treatment. And more often, all you need to recover is a change of lifestyle activity.
Ways of preventing back pain
- Exercise. Regularly doing so can improve posture and increase muscle support of the spine. Although it can be an effective approach to reducing pain, it should be done under the supervision of a trusted health professional.
- Manage your weight. Avoid putting extra strain on your back. Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Correct Body posture. Don’t slump. Keep your back upright and use support if necessary. Practice the correct way of lifting and carrying safely.
- Relaxation techniques. Learn to reduce stress levels and related muscle tension. An essential component of most back treatment programs includes some combination of consistent stretching, exercise and relaxation.
- Restore the balance of your body or promote mobility through osteopathy.
More Information About The Neck and Shoulders
Because it is less stable than the other parts of the body, the neck is more susceptible to injury. The shoulder on the other hand is a ball and socket joint with a large range of movement. It relies heavily on the shoulder muscles for stability.
One common condition where the neck suddenly becomes stiff and painful is called wry neck. The cause can be due to sudden flicking of the head, carrying heavy unbalanced load, poor sleeping posture, viral infection, and exposure to cold breezes.
Some of the conditions that commonly cause shoulder pain are pinched nerves, ‘frozen’ shoulder, dislocation, strains due to overexertion or fractures of the collar bone or upper arm.
Treatment: Neck and shoulder conditions can respond well to treatment in a few days with heat, massage and mobilization, if applied early on.
Ways of preventing posture-related pain for the neck and shoulder
- Always correct your posture when standing or sitting.
- Lift your chest gently, nod your chin slightly and relax your shoulders.
- Stretch and change position frequently while you are working.
- Do regular exercise to improve muscle tone and posture.
- Combat the muscle-tightening effects of stress by learning several relaxation techniques.
About the Author
Chelsea Sawyer is a certified health coach and a content creator. She writes about health and fitness, beauty, weight loss, anti-aging solutions and other topics that can help improve health. She draws inspiration from this site http://sydneyosteopathicmedicine.com.au for today’s article. Learn how to change your lifestyle to prevent pain in your back, neck and shoulder.
Do you have any tips for preventing or treating back, neck and shoulder pain that have worked for you?