Having good posture can help ease tensions in the neck, shoulders and back. There are a few really effective stretches that can help improve your posture and reduce pain throughout the day.
Good posture goes beyond sitting up straight. Slouching over a computer keyboard all day creates a chain reaction throughout your body that can result in shoulder, neck and back pain. Not pretty.
Here are six simple stretches you can do to improve your posture. Good posture means good health.
Sitting is part of our every day, even if we lead an active lifestyle. Sitting isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but long periods of sitting and lack of stretching can cause postural problems. Regular stretching can address these specific postural imbalances. Do these stretching exercises in the prescribed order every day for a great pain-free body.
Relax the back: Lie on your back, knees bent at 90 degrees, placing your calves on the seat of a chair. Straighten your arms out from the shoulders with your palms up. Relax, breathing deeply, letting your low back settle into the floor. Hold the position for 5 minutes.
Stretch the chest: Stay in the ‘relax the back’ position. Lace your fingers, palms together, with your arms extended above your chest toward the ceiling. Extend your arms, keeping your elbows straight, over your head to the floor behind you. Repeat 30 times with… continue reading
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Radicular pain, the type of pain that radiates from the neck or back, can be very painful and disruptive to daily life. However, there are alternatives to surgery for treating this type of back injury.
John, a 54-year-old businessman, has lumbar disk herniation. He has undergone a six-week comprehensive physical therapy program, which has helped his back pain, but not his leg pain. Mary, a 70-year-old retired nurse, has had severe back pain and leg pain for several years as a result of spinal stenosis. Due to other medical conditions, she is not a candidate for surgical intervention for her back pain.
Radicular pain, associated with numbness and weakness, usually radiates from the neck or back into arms or legs directly along the course of a spinal nerve root. Radicular pain, due to chemical irritation or mechanical pressure to the nerves, may result from degenerative osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis or disk herniation. Injection of steroids through the epidural space, around the nerve root, or at the facet joint may reduce inflammation, thereby decreasing or eliminating the pain. Common procedures include epidural steroid injection (ESI), selective nerve block (SNRB), and facet joint block. These procedures are performed by a pain specialist using fluoroscopic guidance to aid in the injection of lidocaine and steroid into the targeted area.
In a SNRB, the nerve is approached at the level where it exits the foramen (the holes between the vertebral bodies). Although… continue reading
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