Friday February 21, 2020

Poor Posture can Lead to Chronic Pain

It was mainly pain in my upper back and neck and shoulder area," he said. "It was just on the one side

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FILE - People work on laptops in a reading room at the British Library in London, June 20, 2011. VOA

Cellphones and computers are everywhere in almost every country across the globe, and it is common to see people hunched over these devices. Posture.

When Dr. Lushantha Gunasekera at Orlando Health began feeling back pain, he thought he needed strength training.

“It was mainly pain in my upper back and neck and shoulder area,” he said. “It was just on the one side.”

Nathaniel Melendez, a fitness specialist at the Orlando Health gym, was certain the doctor’s pain was from poor posture.

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When Dr. Lushantha Gunasekera at Orlando Health began feeling back pain, he thought he needed strength training. Pixabay

“The internally rotated shoulders, the rounded back, head is down, neck is down,” he said, describing what he saw in Gunasekera.

Hunching over a computer screen or cellphone compresses the neck muscles, which causes fatigue, muscle tension and headaches, and can injure vertebrae, Melendez says, but adds that it can be prevented and corrected.

“You’d be surprised what strengthening your core and doing postural corrective exercises can do for your body,” he said.

Melendez says even a slight misalignment can cause major strain, but researchers at Orlando Health found that less than half the Americans they surveyed seemed to care — until the pain sets in.

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As for Gunasekera, he says changing his posture made a huge difference.

“It’s really helped out,” he said. “Now, I don’t have pain there anymore.”

Experts advise computer users who are seated to be at eye level with the screen. Cellphone and computer users are encouraged to take frequent breaks and to remain aware of their posture. (VOA)

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Find Out How High Heels Can be Harmful

Wearing high heels could be damaging, says expert

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High heels might look great on you, but they come with much pain and suffering. Pixabay

Those perfect high heels might look great on you, but they come with much pain and suffering.

“High heels being bad for health and comfort, barely stops women from wearing them occasionally. Women often make sacrifices for foot fashion and have to pay a high price when pain and deformity develop. High heeled shoes can take a toll on your spine, hips, knees, ankles and feet, while affecting your posture and gait negatively,” Dr. Jatinder Bir Singh Jaggi, Associate Director, Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement, Max Hospital, Gurugram said.

His advice to women? Take it down a notch, for your own good!

How heels affect you

The human body attempts to compensate for the off-kilter balance heels caused by flexing or forward bending the hips and spine. High heels specifically the pointed once cause, the calf, hip, and back muscles to tense from extreme pressure. This results in excess muscle fatigue and strain.

With flat shoes, the spine is fairly straight, calf muscle is relaxed when feet are flat and there is even distribution of body weight throughout the foot.

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High heels being bad for health and comfort, barely stops women from wearing them occasionally. Pixabay

With heels, the chest is pushed forward, the lower spine is pushed forward taking the hips and spine out of alignment, excess pressure placed on knees, and the downward force increases the pressure over the toes.

What are the solutions?

Taking the following into consideration can drastically lower the negative effects of wearing high heels, without avoiding them all together.

– Avoid wearing high heels for a long period of time

– Stretch leg muscles before and after putting them on

– Take off the heeled shoes whenever possible, so that the foot muscles can relax

– Try and set your limit to two inches

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– Don’t go for the pointed shoe, due to area of contact these pose higher pressure on the body

– Opt for shoes with a leather insole as they reduce the chances of slipping, and meanwhile provide comfort (IANS)