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Your daily commute might be killing you

Here’s how to pain proof your daily commute

The average UK commuter spends about two hours every single week traveling back and forth to and from the office, and a lot of that time is spent parked on anything but comfortable public transportation seats that are really doing a number on your body.

Researchers at the University of Texas in America have discovered that these two hours of weekly commuting time are doing devastating work on your body, conspiring to cripple your back, crunch your neck, and generally put you through far more pain within you should ever have to worry about contending with.

It’s no surprise that most people have incredibly sore backs, ridiculously tight shoulders, and necks that are filled with knots.  Many of these people resort to buying pain pills either over the counter or online.  It is no wonder the painkiller addiction is on the rise, and although these pills often provide quick relief, it’s important to remember that they come at a cost.  Painkillers containing codeine are particularly risky.  Besides, popping pills can so easily be avoided by doing a handful of simple exercises on a regular basis.

Here are a couple of different things that you can do right after you get to work and right after you get home that can reverse the damage that your commute is causing.

Roll your shoulders

The first stretch you’re going to want to do when you get to the office or get home is one that focuses on releasing tension trapped in your shoulders and your upper back.

Lift your shoulders up just as high as you can (like you are trying to touch your shoulders to your years) and then roll them forwards and backwards, working tension out of these muscles along the way.

Pump up your calves

By pressing your body up onto your tip toes and then slowly glowing yourself back down again with a slight pause at the top will help stretch out all of your calf muscles and prevent cramps and leg pain. On top of that, you’ll be able to boost your blood circulation levels considerably. Your blood will become oxygenated, you’ll be able to focus better, and your lower back will hurt quite as much as it did in the past.

Touch your toes

Bending the all the way down in front of you, grabbing your toes, and then arching your back is a great way to stretch all of the muscles in your core and throughout your lower and upper back area.

Treating your pain with pain management techniques

The word pain can be used in a variety of context to mean a variety of things. You may feel emotional or physical pain. While treatment of emotional pain is determined by the person’s emotional stability, physical pain may require different treatment options that may include the consumption of painkillers and the use of pain control substances amongst other treatment options. The severity of the pain you are feeling will determine the course of treatment taken; however, pain management may be an option you cannot avoid.

Pain management and how it can help

Managing your pain can take different steps and the procedures used may range from simple to extremely complicated. The procedures used are determined by the extent and the cause of your pain. Minor pains such as leg pain or often treated with simple pain management techniques; however, if these simple treatments do not work, various skilled techniques may be used to alleviate and completely treat the pain. The techniques used vary from patient to patient and may include one or more of the other procedures listed below.

  • Chiropractic or physical therapy
  • Interventional procedures such as injection around the tendons, nerves or joints of a steroid or anesthetic medicine.
  • Prescribed medication or
  • Acupuncture
  • Counseling may also be used to manage pain based on the source of the pain and how badly it affects you.

Patience experiencing pain will go through various levels of treatments to combat the pain and eliminate it once and for all. A normal treatment process will first include your doctor learning about the history of the pain. Once he is aware of when and where the pain began, he will take you through a series of steps to learn about the extent of the pain. You will need to provide information on how long you have been experiencing the pain; how severe and intense it is; what may be causing the pain; and most importantly, what methods and conditions that have been known to relieve the pain. The theory behind pain management stems from the idea that in order for pain to occur in any area of the body, there must be a nerve supply that is prone to injury and once stimulated will lead to the feeling of pain. The idea that there is a basic structure with nerves that causes pain, management of pain seeks to identify this source and once identified, work to eliminate the pain all together by finding the right technique to treat the structure and the nerve causing the pain in the identified structure.