When it comes to the subject of pain, our focus in today’s society is seemingly purely centered on finding instant relief. And in response, the medical industry is very quick to prescribe a painkiller, muscle relaxer or even surgery to provide you with that relief. Rarely do we search for the culprit for our discomfort, and hardly do we ever look towards routine actions as a possible underlying cause.
The main cause for myofascial discomfort, such as knots, tension pain, or upper/lower back pain is primarily either repetitive movement or prolonged immobility with poor posture. If a muscle, or a group of muscles, are held in an active state for too long, it eventually creates tension and the muscles continue to remain tight even in a relaxed posture. The daily routines alone are not necessarily harmful to our postural health, however the poor body mechanics we commonly use are. For this reason, most people may be surprised to learn that everyday routines in our lives may explain the overall state of our bad posture and the symptoms of pain that come along with them.
There are 7 common, everyday routines that, when done improperly, can both cause and worsen our posture. If we want to avoid the various pains associated with the lower back, upper back, neck, shoulder, or headaches that most of us tend to assume are either inevitable or incurable, we must aim to correct our posture at the source. To change our current posture, we must utilize every method at our disposal, such as SMR (Self Myofascial Release), massage therapy, yoga, z-health, along with properly guided fundamental exercise to strengthen the connection between both our body and mind.
Below are diagrams that highlight common routine postures that over time influence postural dysfunction. Areas highlighted in red are areas that are over active and should be targeted for pain relief. Area highlighted in blue represent ares that are commonly in pain due to the given posture. The green signifies ideal posture.
1. Sitting / Watching T.V. / Reading
2. Computers / Laptops
The best way to ensure proper posture is to keep joints mobile and active. Today, we have plenty of devices that make our lives more efficient and easier, but the downside is that these same devices influence body immobility. If we know we need to be immobile for extended periods of time (working at a desk, sitting in school, standing for work, typing at a computer, driving or flying from place to place), we need to make a strong conscious effort to practice proper posture and combat that immobility with consistent breaks, stretching and exercises.
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