Are you someone who experiences a wide range of muscle aches and pains, sometimes so bad they prevent you from enjoying the finer things in life? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. Research has shown that an increasing number of Australian's are complaining of back, neck and hip pain each year, and this data is expected to continue rising with the growth in office work, working from home and long periods of being static.
But did you know that there are 5 simple things that you can do each day to significantly reduce these pains?
Maintain proper posture throughout the day
Sitting and standing with your shoulders back, chest out and back straight is a great way to improve the way you feel. This is because positions such as slouching are unnatural and can result in pain and pressure in our joints and muscles. At first it may seem difficult to sustain this position, but with time and practice, good posture will become a habit.
Change the way you sit
We've said it a thousand times, the way you sit can make a huge difference to your physical health. But did you know that sitting correctly can also boost your energy? By sitting in a position where your shoulders are back, neck is straight and your feet are flat on the floor you can reduce the chance of long term pain. In result, boosting your energy through a stronger physical health.
Did you know that dehydration is one of the biggest causes of headaches, muscle cramps and fatigue? Although we can hydrate ourselves with other drinks, it is important that we are drinking enough water each day to reduce the chance of injury due to dehydration. Making a habit of bringing a bottle of water to work will show quick results including lessened pain and increased energy. As well, drinking enough water is a great way to control appetite, prompting a healthier lifestyle.
When we are in pain, either due to injury or over-use, it may seem like the best option to get some rest. However, research has shown that light exercising can actually help o relieve pain quicker. Something as simple as a small walk around the room or the office can significantly boost your energy by stimulating blood flow.
Focus on your breathing
It is important that we focus on our breathing, especially during and after exercise. Supplying enough oxygen to our lungs is vital for energy and the body's healing process. When possible, take a few seconds to stop, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Breathing in deeply through your nose and slowly out of your mouth. It will amaze you how relaxed you will feel afterwards.
Here at Bankstown Physiotherapy we are committed to promoting good physical health in our own lives and the live of others. If you have any questions and concerns, we are always happy to help. Simply contact us at 97933119 or book an online consult now!