Popular wisdom says that the human body is wise. When something’s not okay, our body has its own way of letting us know. It sends us signs or, in other words, symptoms to make sure we do something about it. For instance, you could have a headache and when going to the doctor you find out that it’s due to contracture or cervical problems. Many people often complain about this, but don’t do anything to get to the root of the problem and fix it. So the first step is to locate and treat the areas where we feel discomfort. But then, it’s essential to try to prevent certain movements or practices that might have caused that pain in the first place.
So holygiftnews wrote an article to raise awareness about how some of the things we do every day could be causing us pain. Keep in mind that if you suffer from any type of pain, you should go to a doctor and get checked out.
1. Having poor posture in front of your laptop when working
When we spend a lot of time sitting with our back arched or adopt an outward shoulder position and hunched back, we can develop low back pain and pain around the central area of the back. In addition, it is very common to feel discomfort in the neck or upper part of our shoulders, as our neck has to deal with prolonged tension when we look straight at a screen for hours.
- The right way to sit: Keep your shoulders relaxed and your elbows resting on your body. Let your backrest completely on 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 height of your hips or have your feet in the air. You can place the upper part of the laptop screen within reach of your horizontal line of sight so that your neck does have to make so much effort.
2. Lifting objects off the ground with a bowed back
We don’t really stop and think about it, so we don’t realize it, but when it comes to lifting weight it is very likely that we are not doing things correctly. Think of when you need to pick up a box from the floor. Of course, the first thing to take into account is whether you have enough strength or training to lift a certain amount of weight. Doing the wrong movement or overestimating our capacity to lift a heavy object could lead to serious back injuries. But besides that, one of the most important factors to consider is to not bend your back or your waist when exerting 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. Tighten your abdomen as you hold the object, keeping it as close to your body as possible, and using the muscles of your hips and knees. Proceed with your back straight at all times, performing the squatting movement without twisting the spine forward.
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