Simple Tips to Avoid Pain
Pain can be an intrusive element of our lives, especially as we get older. The worst part about it is that it usually creeps up on us when we need to be in tip-top shape. However, with simple and consistent practice, you can ensure that your body is optimally positioned to avoid experiencing pain. Here are some quick tips to ensure that you ride out the rest of the summer without pain bringing you down.
Keep the Body in Shape
Just like your old car, if you don’t turn it on and drive it around every once in a while, it’s going to stall or fail to operate correctly. Simple exercises such as taking a walk around the block or doing a few mobile exercises here and there will do your body a world of good. According to Mayoclinic, “Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your [body] work more efficiently.” Remember: a walk a day keeps Dr. Hartle away!
Is your back starting to hurt? One of the most common reasons is poor posture being maintained throughout the day. Fellow experts share this view by saying, “Having good posture not only contributes to a good appearance, but it has many health benefits, including [reducing] abnormal wear and tear on joint surfaces [and decreasing] the risk of back pain.” Stop slouching at your desk and hunching over while you walk around and straighten out that back. You may be surprised by the results that you experience.
Get Good and Comfortable Sleep
You may not be surprised to hear that the position you place your body in for 6-8 hours straight will have a significant impact on the health of your skeletal system. Stomach sleepers should be especially aware of this advice from Cosmopolitan, “Sleeping facedown can cause some obvious issues — like not being able to breathe, for example. Because you need to turn your head to one side to get air in and out, you inherently twist your spine. Over time, this can cause neck and back pain, not to mention issues falling and staying asleep.” Next time you experience a painful morning, consider investigating your sleep patterns when looking for the root cause.
Consider a Trip to the Chiropractor
If there is a more sinister cause of your pain, such as a chronic condition or extreme injury, it may be time to consider seeking professional help. Luckily, the experts at Allen County Family & Sports Chiropractic are here to help. Wondering what to expect? Click here to check out our recent article discussing the topic.
While some painful conditions may be inevitable, especially as we get older, a lot of pain can be avoidable through simple habits. We hope these tips help keep you pain-free, but we are happy to help you start feeling better in case we are a bit too late.