Things That May Be Causing Your Neck Pain In Calgary

Things That May Be Causing Your Neck Pain In Calgary

Neck pain
Neck pain

At one time or another, most people will wake up with a neck ache that can affect the course of their day. The last thing anyone wants is to be doubled over in pain all day due to the interruptions it can cause. In order to find out how to fix the problems you are having, you will first have to find the root cause. The more you are able to know about what is causing your neck trouble, the easier you will find it to get the proper treatment for troubles. The following are some of the things that may be causing you neck pain.

Your Summer Flip Flops

One of the most commonly overlooked causes for neck pain is the wearing of flip flops. This summer footwear, while fashionable, can be very damaging to your neck and back. When walking with flip flops on, you will have to grip them with your feet in order to keep them on. This will change the way you walk and in turn put much more stress on your neck and back. You need to think about other types of footwear you can go out in that will offer more support.

Sleeping on Your Stomach

Another very common cause of neck problems is sleeping on your stomach on a regular basis. When sleeping on your stomach, you will have to turn your head slightly, which will only put stress on your neck muscles. The longer you sleep in this type of position, the more damage you will ultimately do to your neck. You need to try and make a point of sleeping on your back as much as you possibly can. This will help to alleviate the stress put on your neck.

Excessive Cell Phone

Yet another vey common cause of neck pain is excessive cell phone use. For most people, using a cell phone on a daily basis is a priority due to the connectivity required by their jobs. Usually, when the cell phone is being used, the user’s neck will be in an awkward position when trying to view the screen. The longer the neck stays in a position like this, the more of a problem it will become. In order to reduce this from happening, you will have to find a way to reduce the amount of time you use the cell phone.

By taking the time to find the right professionals, like the ones at Shanti Wellbeing massage therapy, you will be able to get the relief that you are looking for.

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Understand shoulder pain including shoulder tendinitis, frozen shoulders, and rotator cuff tears
Understand shoulder pain including shoulder tendinitis, frozen shoulders, and rotator cuff tears

Our friends at Sports & Spine Orthopaedics have asked us to share this great infographic looking at some common cause of shoulder pain. Inclusing shoulder tendinitis, frozen shoulders, and rotator cuff tears.

You can find out more here:-

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month May 2015. Share with social media.

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome awareness month  May 2015
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome awareness month May 2015

Eagle eyed readers will know that we looked at Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and hypermobility in a blog post a few months ago. For an overview of the condition please go here.  If you do have  Ehlers-Danlos syndrome it would be great if you could share your story at this blog to both help us raise awareness but also to provide support for people who have just been diagnosed with EDS.

There is one crucial development to that blog post which we would like to share.  At the time of writing it was believed that Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and hypermobility affected  1 in 5000 people.  Recent research has suggested the real figure might be 1 in 200.

As May 2015 is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome Awareness Month we thought it would be a great idea to ask our readers to help promote the event.  It would be great if you would  share the image above and use it as your Facebook profile just for the rest of the month.

Many thanks in advance for your help and support!

Avoiding common injuries when exercising

Avoiding injury
Avoiding injury

When you are exercising, it is important to make sure that everything is done properly. Exercise can put the body under a lot of pressure and this can lead to injuries. Your muscles and joints will bear the brunt of this pressure and many people do not realize just how easy an exercise injury is to sustain. One of the problems is over-exertion – some people push themselves just that little bit harder because they think they will get good results, but the damage that this can do can far outweigh the benefits.

What are strains and sprains?

 A strain happens to the muscles when the fibers are torn or stretched. This can happen when the muscle is stretched too much or if it has had to contract far too quickly. The legs and back are the most common places for strains to happen and symptoms will include bruising, swelling, pain and spasms in the muscle.

A sprain is something that happens to the ligaments in the body. It will happen to the ligament when stretched, torn or twisted and usually occurs because there is too much pressure on a joint. Sprains often affect the ankles, knees and wrists. The sufferer will have pain, swelling, tenderness and bruising.

It is important to rest when something like this happens – most strains and sprains will heal well at home if you are careful, but if you have very intense pain or have trouble with movement then you should visit a doctor. If the rest and self-treatment does not work, it could indicate that the injury is more severe than first thought and you could have other problems, such as a fracture.

Ways to avoid injury

 The warm-up is an important part of any workout, no matter what type of exercise you want to do. Before every workout session, you should have a warm-up and build up the workout over time, rather than trying to do too much at once. The aim of the warm-up is to help the muscles to get used to stress; this gives them more chance of avoiding injury. You can also make sure that you are wearing the correct sportswear. Items such as the right running shoes, compression shorts and compression socks can all give the right support and it is worth a look at items such as shorts.

Repetition can also be a problem when exercising and while it is essential in some workouts in order to help you to get it just right and build strength, it can put the muscles under strain. Variety in workouts is a good idea and this is why runners, for example, include other types of exercise in their training, such as cycling.

Resting the muscles between workouts is another essential part of avoiding injury. It is not absolutely essential to exercise every day. Muscles do become tired and they do need to recover from the exercise. When planning your exercise regime you need to ensure that you allow enough time between workouts for the muscles to rest.

When planning your exercise regime, give plenty of attention to the way that you exercise and make sure that you are properly prepared. This will help you to avoid injury and allow you to get fitter in a much safer way.