With so much access to technology, our posture is taking a hit. From being hunched over our desks at our work computers to bending our necks down to text and scroll on our smartphones, our back muscles need a break. While there are some easy fixes for relieving pain in your back, other back-straining activities are hard to avoid, like sitting at a desk staring at a computer screen.
However, if you’re struggling with muscular pain in your back and neck, you’re going to want to continue reading this blog. Today we’re sharing tips and advice on how to combat muscle pain and discomfort. From adjusting how you sit at work to getting weekly or bi-monthly massages, there are remedies for the discomfort and stiffness you may be experiencing. Continue reading to learn more, and don’t hesitate to contact Escapes Massage Therapy in San Antonio if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment.
Ways To Effectively Combat Back Pain
Take A Break From Sitting At Your Desk
They say that sitting is the new smoking. The impact that sitting in one spot for long periods of time is not great for the spine. That being said, choosing to not sit at your work desk is not usually an option. But there are ways to switch it up in order to give your back and neck a break.
For one, be mindful of your posture. It’s easy to begin to slouch over the keyboard as the hours wear on, but try to be cognizant of how your back and neck are bending. Another great tip is to take a short break at least once an hour. Get out of your chair to walk to the bathroom or to get a refill on coffee. Step outside into the sun and walk around the building if you can. If you can’t step away from your desk, take a few moments to twist your spin and do some light stretching.
Any type of movement will be beneficial and bring relief to the stiffness you may be experiencing. Further, if you have a desk that can move up and down, take advantage of this! It’s best to switch off sitting and standing every hour.
Even on a soft bed, you can position yourself poorly in your sleep, thus hurting your spine. And there’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning with a stiff back. Get into the habit of sleeping in a position that doesn’t harm your back. The best way to sleep is on your side in the fetal position. Place a soft pillow between your bended knees. If you prefer to sleep on your back, place another pillow underneath your knees for support. This will protect your lower back.
Go To The Chiropractor For Regular Adjustments
Getting your back adjusted on a regular basis can help bring relief to any back pain you may be experiencing. Just a simple adjustment can make your spine and neck feel looser and more mobile. That said, if you’re experiencing more of a muscle pain, then seeing a massage therapist consistently will bring you the relief and relaxation you desire.
Get A Weekly Massage
If you’re dealing with muscular discomfort and pain, the best way to find relief is through massage therapy. Getting consistent massages will break up any tension, adhesions, and knots that have formed in your back due to stress, injury, or bad posture. If you work at a desk every day, the benefits of consistent massages will greatly reduce the muscular pain you could be experiencing, as it brings relief and relaxation to any muscles that hardly move throughout the day, including your neck and upper and lower back. There are many different types of massages, including Swedish and Deep Tissue. Learn the difference between the two in a past blog.
If you live in the San Antonio and surrounding areas and are interested in experiencing the relaxation and relief that a massage session can offer you, come see us at Escapes Massage Therapy. From Swedish and Deep Tissue sessions to massages with hot stones and reflexology, there is a type of massage perfect for you. Give us a call today or book your massage appointment online. We’ll see you there!