Popular wisdom says that the human body is wise. When something is not right, our body has its own way of informing us. It sends us signals or, in other words, symptoms to make sure we do something about it.
For example, you may have a headache, and when you go to the doctor, discover that it is due to contracture or cervical problems. Many people complain about it, but do nothing to get to the root of the problem and fix it.
Therefore, the first step is to locate and treat the areas where we experience discomfort. But then, it’s critical to try to avoid certain movements or practices that may have caused this pain in the first place.
We wrote an article to raise awareness about how some of the things we do every day can cause us pain. Remember that if you suffer from any type of pain, you should go to the doctor and get checked out.
Having Poor Posture In Front Of Your Laptop When Working
When we spend a lot of time sitting with an arched back or adopting an outward-shouldered position and a curved back, we can develop low back pain and pain in the central part of the back.
In addition, it is very common to feel discomfort in the neck or in the upper part of the shoulders, since our neck has to deal with a prolonged tension when we look directly at a screen for hours.
The correct way to sit:
Keep your shoulders relaxed and your elbows supported by your body. Leave your back fully supported by the back of the chair. Also, adopt a 90° to 100° angle at your hips and also at your knees.
You should not bend your legs at the hips or keep your feet in the air. You can put the top of the laptop screen within reach of your horizontal line of sight, so your neck needs a lot of effort.
Lifting Objects Off The Ground With A Bowed Back
We don’t really stop to think about it, so we don’t realize it, but when it comes to lifting weights, chances are we’re not doing things correctly. Think about when you need to pick up a box from the ground.
Of course, the first thing to consider is whether you have enough strength or training to lift a certain amount of weight.
Making the wrong move or overestimating our ability to lift a heavy object can cause serious back injury. But also, one of the most important factors to take into account is not to bend your back or waist when making such an important effort.
The right way to lift up an object:
Spread your legs and bend your knees, as if you were going to do a squat. Contract your abdomen as you hold the object, keeping it as close to your body as possible and using the muscles in your hips and knees.
Keep your back straight at all times, performing the squat motion without twisting your spine forward.
Sleeping Face Down
Sleep is one of the most important things we do during the day (or night). It is one of the only activities the body uses to repair itself and prepare itself to perform the many functions that we demand every day.
Many of us love to lie face down in bed, but in fact, this position can lead to health complications. That’s because, lying face down, we are forcing our neck and jaw to be in an unnatural position.
Ultimately, this can lead to muscle damage, neck pain, or even a stiff neck.
To get rid of this bad habit, we can lie face down until we are about to fall asleep. From there, we can change the position to lie down or on our side.
To avoid waking up in the same way, we can put a pillow next to us and cuddle it during the night to avoid returning to an incorrect posture during sleep.
Carrying Your Backpack Or Purse On One Shoulder Only
When we carry a backpack or purse on one shoulder, our body tends to balance that weight with the other side of our trunk. That is why this practice can cause contractures and pain in the neck, especially if the weight we carry is heavy or if we do not transfer the weight to the other shoulder from time to time.
The difficulties can be aggravated if we have a sedentary or inactive lifestyle since our body cannot be overloaded by the lack of resistance of the muscles.
The correct way to carry weight:
Prioritize what you want to carry in the bag and transfer the load from one shoulder to the other so as not to unbalance the impact of the weight on your body.
If you carry a backpack, you should choose to put the heaviest things at the bottom and the lightest things at the top so as not to damage the neck with the movement.
Walking Around While Looking Down At A Phone
It is a simple fact that today, most of us have been looking at our smartphones. It is increasingly common for smartphones to be very useful for everything we do.
But if we could put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and see ourselves doing it, we could clearly see that our necks and backs are paying the price for it.
To achieve a proper dynamic posture, our spine must be in an ideal position. Otherwise, it is likely to wear out and cause us to lose balance and the correct way to move our joints.
This, of course, in addition to the possible muscle injuries or pain that we can develop if we get used to it.
The correct way to maintain good posture:
Do some type of exercise that strengthens the muscles of the back, pelvis, and abdomen. Also, maintaining a healthy weight is the key to avoiding back problems.
Try to avoid jumping too high and uncomfortable and make sure that the things you normally look at or wear are at the correct height.
Do you feel pain somewhere in your back? Do you have any tricks to calm your joints when you work long hours? Share them with us in the comments.