Typically simple neck pain, shoulder pain, and upper back pain that is related to sedentary activity is titled "occupational overuse syndrome". The difficulty with this term is that it puts a lot of emphasis on occupational or work based sedentary activity. While sitting at work may be a contributing factor, a lot of people go home after work and spend a lot of their leisure time sitting and further contributing to the overuse aspect and muscle pain and stiffness. When you are at home, or even at a friends, try some the tips from this video to get you up and moving.
Be sure to have your chiropractor or other health care provider assess you neck, shoulder, and back pain. While sedentary activity can contribute to your pain and stiffness, it is always important to have a thorough examination to determine the cause(s) of your discomfort to determine the best treatment and prevention strategies for you and your health. Dr. Judith McCann is a Newmarket chiropractor offering examination and treatment for these types of conditions.
While we often think of chores as boring, have fun with them. You can put on some music and do one chore a day (sweeping, dusting, vacuuming, cleaning mirrors and glass, etc) getting in a bit of movement each day. You can participate in household chores together - this gets everyone up and moving instead of sitting around waiting for someone else to get things done. For example when someone is cooking dinner, someone else can start on the dishes, while someone else can set the table. Household chores become social, fun, and active!
Often times we do too much in one go and "over do it", having to go see our chiropractor, physiotherapist, or other manual health care provider. Doing chores is a great way of adding in movement, but remember to take breaks in between to give your muscles and joints time to recover. If you're having any back pain or other pain that comes on after doing chores and doesn't go away after a couple days, make sure to go see your chiropractor or other health care provider. Dr. McCann is a Newmarket chiropractor who specializes in musculoskeletal health like low back pain. Have any questions? Give us a call for a free 15 minute consultation or to book an assessment for a thorough examination: 905-235-6777.
It's easy to get stuck into our work and forget to take periodic breaks. Unfortunately this can lead to sitting in one position for hours, putting strain on our muscles and joints. Only after we come out of the zone do we realize the discomfort we have created such as neck pain or upper back pain. Today's tip to get more movement into your day is to drink more water so that you have to get up periodically to go to the bathroom. While it's a trick that most people find funny, it is useful as no one enjoys a full bladder. The discomfort of a full bladder is enough to get us up and moving compared to the discomfort of neck pain or upper back pain that are not great motivators.
Don't forget to see your massage therapist, physiotherapist, and chiropractor for assessment and treatment of your neck pain and upper back pain. Even more importantly they'll be able to give you some other tips and tricks to get you moving as well as some stretches and exercises for further minimization of frequency of these conditions. Are you in York Region and not sure who to see? Dr. Judith McCann is a Newmarket chiropractor who treats these conditions. Call to book an assessment or for a free 15 minute consultation.
Dr. Judith McCann has been living in York Region for over 15 years. After going to Queen's University in Kingston for Kinesiology, and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto to become a chiropractor, she decided to move back and open Haptic Health and Chiropractic in Newmarket. In February 2017, Haptic Health and Chiropractic moved 10 minutes up the road to Sharon in East Gwillimbury.