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Thursday, 10 May 2012 09:36

Controlling Lifestyle Causes of Your Body Pains

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Few changes in your lifestyle pattern help to control various body pains
backacheIn the modern era of technology our life had became more simplified and convenient than ever expected. Electronic gadgets help you to connect and talk to your loved once at any time, and any place. Mobile phone and email help you convey massages at the fastest rate as compared to regular post. The internet and browsing facilitate video chatting with your friend living far away much easily and at your wish. 
Though such things modify our lifestyle, making life easy going, it brings some health hazards too. Body ache is one of them.

Here is the list of lifestyle factors leading to body pain and tips to manage them.

  • Too much use of electronic gadgets

Electronic gadgets are becoming part and parcel of our everyday life. Now computer, laptop or Smartphone becomes our basic necessity, and we can’t imagine our life without them.
However, excessive use of such electronic gadgets can turn out fatal rather than offering convenience.

Computer induced pain
Computer use is one of the major risks for office-related repetitive strain injuries (RSIs).Sitting in front of desktop computers or working on a laptop for prolonged period strain neck and shoulder muscles causing persistent neck and shoulder pain. Pain gets to worsen if wrists and elbow are not supported well, and monitor is at too high or too low position. Additionally, poorly positioned chair drop you forward, which can result in back pain.

Carrying laptop bag on shoulder strain back and shoulder muscles. Besides, stress exert on a forearm can result in tennis elbow, a painful condition.

  • Place the monitor with the top of a screen at an eye level to reduce muscle strain
  • Use positioning chair where you can sit straight with your feet touching floor and having armrest to support elbow
  • Use a cushion to provide additional support to lower back
  • Give good support to wrist
  • Position keyboard so that shoulders are  at relaxed state
  • In case of laptop select lighter model.

Smartphone
Within short time, Smartphone had become popular due to added functionality of fast texting, web surfing, and in build games. however, Excessive texting and playing games on your phone can reduce the blood flow to the thumb resulting in thumb injury.

  • Use both thumbs for texting
  • Take a break while texting
  • Limit your texting or playing games.
  • Driving

Excessive forward bending while driving in order to grip the steering wheel pulls your head away from headrest. The resulting neck muscles strain causes neck pain and forward bending cause back pain.

  • Adjust your sit so that you can position upright providing good support to head and back and at easy reach of a steering wheel so your arms are at relaxed position.
  • You can use specialised neck pillow to support neck or back pillow to support back while commuting for long time.
  • Smoking

Smoking is not only injurious to the health but also reason for chronic pain. According to handout published by National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin diseases, smoking block supply of vital nutrients to spinal discs of lower back, increases a risk of osteoporosis (weak and porous bone) and causes repeated coughing. All these factors result in chronic back pain in heavy smokers.

  • Quit smoking by taking help of family members, friends or support group
  • Use nicotine replacement products such as nicotine patches, gum and inhalers to minimize craving and quit smoking.
  • Overweight

Weight of the body is directly transmitted on joints. Knee, hip and ankle joints are major weight-bearing joints of the body. Bearing of extra weight strains bones and joints resulting in osteoarthritis, a clinical condition characterized by joint stiffness and pain.

  • Do regular exercises such as walking, swimming or aerobics to burn extra pounds
  • Adopt healthy eating habit. Eat fibre rich whole-grains, fruits, and vegetables. Avoid spicy, oily, salted, starchy and processed food.
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Sedentary lifestyle associated with job or too much dependency on automatic machines loses muscles tone and strength. This can exaggerate pain.

  • Performing daily exercises like aerobic, strengthening or stretching releases endorphin, a feel-good factor which not only lifts your mood but also blocks pain.
  • Faulty diet

Eating poor or faulty diet without adequate nutrition hampers repair and healing of muscular tissues. This results in muscle cramping and muscular pain.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet rich in nutrition.
  • Add colorful fruits, vegetables, whole-grains (healthy carbohydrate), fish (healthy fat), bean and nuts (healthy proteins), and dairy products (calcium)
  • Restrict intake of sugar, salt and processed foods
  • Stress

Stress in any form like depression, sadness, loneliness or anxiety not only causes emotional impact but can express as pain.
According to, Harvard Health Publication, “Hurting bodies and suffering minds often require the same treatment."

Depression cause and aggravates the pain whereas pain makes a person more depressed. Thus, a vicious cycle goes on and on. Depression is one of the major risk factor for occurrence of migraine headache, and chances are more if depression lasts for two years.
According to expert, normally brain has a capacity to inhibit pain signals receiving from different body parts. However, stress and tension destroy this brain ability to suppress pain signals. Hence stressed person experiences more pain as compared to normal.

  • Try to remain active by performing exercises and participating in various social programs
  • Take an adequate rest to deal with stress
  • Deep breathing, yoga, meditation and biofeedback relax your body and ease your pain.
  • Support groups will help you to manage your stressful situation.



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4 comments

  • Comment Link Jeewanlal Gandhi Monday, 14 May 2012 11:02 posted by Jeewanlal Gandhi

    Same daily routine continued for long time makes muscles stiff which can cause pains in body parts.modern life is full of such activities,for this rest and relaxation with exercise and meditations are to be included in daily routine.mind body coordination will be established.and no pain.

  • Comment Link Priya Sunday, 13 May 2012 19:36 posted by Priya

    Yes I agree that modern & controlling lifestyle causes pains in many body parts.
    Due to busy service & buisness schedules many parts of body not in regular movement,
    due to same schedule generally peoples sit in front of dekstop for long hours, which cause servical pain & back pain eye burning etc..

  • Comment Link Cynthia Saturday, 12 May 2012 10:17 posted by Cynthia

    And spas are a great place for education in the relationship of lifestyle to health. While clients are already seeking well-being or relief, they are primed to begin coaching to support lifestyle changes.

  • Comment Link Monisha Thursday, 10 May 2012 17:23 posted by Monisha

    This is really good to know!
    Thanks

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