Posture and back pain

POSTURE AND BACK PAIN

How you sit, stand and lie down can have an important effect on the back and pain on the back. The following tips should help maintain a good posture:

  • Standing – you should stand upright, with your head facing forward and your back straight. Balance your weight evenly on both feet and keep your legs straight.
  • Sitting – you should be able to sit upright with support of your back. Your knees and hips should be level and your feet should be flat on the floor (use a footstool if necessary). Some people find it useful to use a small cushion or rolled-up towel to support the small of the back. If you use a keyboard, make sure your forearms are horizontal and your elbows are at right angles.
  • Driving – make sure your lower back is properly supported. Correctly positioning your wing mirrors will prevent you from having to twist around. Foot controls should be squarely in front of your feet. If driving long distances, take regular breaks so you can stretch your legs and sit on top of memory foam seat cushion.
Preventing shoulder blade pain

TIPS FOR PREVENTING SHOULDER BLADE PAIN

Treatment for your shoulder blade pain will depend on the cause and severity of your condition. Recovery time will vary from person to person. Below are tips to prevent shoulder blade pain:

  • Don’t lift heavy items. Heavy lifting can lead to injuries which could trigger pain between your shoulder blades. Avoid carrying heavy bags on one shoulder. If you do have to lift something be sure to bend your knees and try not to put too much pressure on your back.
  • Don’t sit for too long. Get up and stretch frequently when you are working at a computer or desk. This can help keep muscles loose. You can also try using a standing desk.
  • Adopt healthy habits. Be sure to eat whole foods, get seven enough sleep each night. A healthy lifestyle can help you feel more energetic and rested, which can help you manage pain.