What a Pain!

Posture, sleep, and exercise: By changing the way you do these three things, you can lessen back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Every day we practice bad habits for our bodies and by making slight alterations, we can decrease some of the most common sources of pain.

1. Posture. Do you have to work at a desk most of the day? Looking at a computer?  A lot of times we're hunched over and leaning in looking at our laptops. Try to sit in a spine-neutral position so there's less stress put on your neck and shoulders. You don't have to lean all the way back in your chair, just find a comfortable, upright position where your shoulders aren't slumped over. Extra tip for your eyes: The screen of your computer should be no closer than an arm's length away from you. Any closer puts too much stress on your eyes.

2. Sleep. Getting good sleep and enough sleep is important for your health. Your body heals itself while you sleep. Your mattress is an indicator of how well your spine is being supported. Ultimately, it's your preference whether you want a firm or soft mattress, but you want to make sure that it's not too soft because your spine needs support. Some mattress stores will let you try out a mattress for a couple week, which is a great way to find what you really like.

3. Exercise. By exercising regularly, you can actually reduce pain. Getting extra movement for your joints can be great for maintaining strength and mobility. Walking is an easy source of exercise, but make sure you're doing it right. Try taking longer strides. If you incorporate your arms while walking it adds momentum to your stride and you'll also ensure a full body movement. 

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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