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Five Surprising Pain Triggers

Sometimes while enjoying the day and living life as normal one may experience pain that seems to come from nowhere in particular. Here are five surprising ways that you may be causing yourself pain without even realizing it: Your Workstation: Spending most of the hours of your day at your desk can lead to serious […]

Sometimes while enjoying the day and living life as normal one may experience pain that seems to come from nowhere in particular. Here are five surprising ways that you may be causing yourself pain without even realizing it:

  • Your Workstation: Spending most of the hours of your day at your desk can lead to serious pain. A poorly positioned chair can cause you to slouch forward, straining the back and neck. A monitor that’s too low or too high will also strain the neck. Make sure your monitor is set up so that the top of the screen is at eye level and position your chair so that you are sitting straight.

  • Skipping on Sleep: If you’re putting sleep at the bottom of your to-do list, you’re going to suffer. Americans average 6.5 hours of sleep a night which is not enough time for your body to make the human growth hormones it does during sleep, which are needed for tissue repair to ease pain. Try going to bed earlier and getting more sun in the morning to help recalibrate your internal circadian sleep clock.

  • Driving: Most people have their seat set at the wrong angle. If your car seat is reclined too much, you may slouch forward which pulls your head away from the headrest causing neck pain. Make sure your seat is in an upright position that supports your head and lower back.

  • Anger: Holding in anger can cause extreme back pain. Those who keep anger in often experience more tension in the muscles along their spine and those tight muscles will begin to hurt and cause painful discomfort. Next time you are experiencing anger and notice that your jaw is tightening or your breathing is getting shallower, try taking deep breaths and finding a private place to let off steam.

  • Your Smartphone: Doctors have begun reporting cases of arthritis at the base of the thumb in younger people, possibly related from texting. All the constant texting, game playing, and web browsing has lead to this. When your thumbs begin to ache, make sure to give them a rest and if pain continues, make sure to visit a doctor for proper arthritis treatment.

Next time if are experiencing pain for what seems to be an unknown reason, think back and try and figure out if one of these common practices could have triggered the pain.