Archive for the ‘Aches & Pains’ Category

The Effects of Back Pain

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Back pain can range from mild morning stiffness to severe and debilitating pain that interrupts everyday physical activities at work and at home. Back-pain sufferers often report back spasms, cramping, aching and difficulty moving. In some cases, the pain is so intense that posture is twisted.
What Are the Emotional Effects of Back Pain? (more…)

Coping With the Questions

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The other day I was talking to a medical professional — I think it was a physical therapist who was changing the dressing on a problematic surgical wound — and we were discussing various aspects of my arthritis. Out of the blue, she asked me, “So, are you, like, in pain all the time?”

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Tight Traps or Rounded Shoulders How to Make Them Better Post 4

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Rowing movements can be performed without trapezius involvement by consciously contracting the shoulders down and concentrating on keeping the elbows low and close to the body, while slightly arching the middle of the back. Wide rows and other exercises aimed at posterior deltoid should be included when they can be performed without undue contraction of the upper trapezius. (more…)

Tight Traps or Rounded Shoulders How to Make Them Better Post 3

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

As it becomes difficult to reach any higher, step sideways closer to the mirror. When you can step no closer or go no higher, stop. Face a mirror with your right hand on a wall and repeat. Do three to five times with each arm. (more…)

Tight Traps or Rounded Shoulders How to Make Them Better Post 2

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

People often ignore the tightness and soreness or take muscle relaxants or painkillers. Some people, at the end of a long day use alcohol as a way to “wind down.” There are other ways to treat this condition that go right to the root of the problem. If the tightness is on one side, it is most likely to be related to use of the telephone. People who spend a lot of time on the phone as part of the workday can use a speakerphone, if their work environment is private enough and quiet enough. Another way is to use a headset that will also leave their hands free to take notes or type data into a computer. (more…)

Tight Traps or Rounded Shoulders How to Make Them Better Post 1

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Many people in this fast-paced, stressful modern society have experienced muscles that become tight from stress, tension and inactivity. One area particularly vulnerable for to this type of stress is the upper back and neck. We are primarily talking about the trapezius muscle between your neck and shoulders on each side and the muscles of the back of the neck. (more…)