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Tips for Easing Everyday Aches & Pains from a Mansfield Chiropractor

Sep 21, 2016 01:13PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Mansfield chiropractor Clint Dacus, with True Balance Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, gives us some tips for easing everyday aches and pains, as well as a few reasons why you might have them. 

By Clint Dacus 

Common everyday aches and pain can be normal for you, but THEY ARE NOT NORMAL. If you are living with everyday aches and pains limiting the things you want to do or interrupting your enjoyment of life experiences, you could get help. You could even be able to help yourself!

Easing basic aches and pains

First, make a journal of when you have pain (like day and time of day). Also note the general activities of the day and your stress level. Make the stress level an easy 0-10 scale ( 0 no stress to 10 panic attack) .

If you are having pain greatest in the mornings you may need to change the way you sleep. Keeping good sleep positions can allow better REM sleep and less morning pain. Ex: Side laying position needs to be with the head in neutral position. That means not tilted up or down due to pillow position. Your knees are often most comfortable bent, and for some people best with a small to medium pillow between the knees. If you sleep on your back a smaller pillow to keep the head from titling up with help most neck pain and small or medium pillow under the knees.

Afternoon pain 

This type of pain can be due to prior existing conditions mixed in with poor work ergonomics or generally bad postural habits. Trying some home posture training by standing against a wall with your heels, shoulders and head all touching for 1 minute. Now do that 10x a day and try to replicate that posture during the day while sitting (shoulders and head) and standing. Talk to your company HR department about an ergonomic assessment at your desk. Lastly, GET UP while working! Long hours on a computer are so much fun (kidding!). We need to get up and walk for a few minutes. It will help mentally and physically during your work day.

End of Day pain 

This pain can be due to bad sleeping positions and bad work ergonomics causing tissue fatigue and then tightness with pain. This causes headaches, neck and shoulder pain, low back tightness and aching in many people. Try stretching you hamstrings, quadriceps, neck and shoulders at the end of a workday to reduce the amount of pain you may have at the end of the day.

Some General info: Many aches and pains are temporarily alleviated by hot packs or cold packs (Do not put these directly on the skin to avoid burns and never sleep on a hot or cold pack). Taking daily acetaminophen and ibuprofen past a few weeks for mild to severe pain should not be done unless recommended by your physician for your specific condition(s).

Just like my car... When it starts to act up and my YouTube and Google searches with home fixes are not working... It is time to get a professional involved. Your body is your vehicle for the rest of your life, so take care of it!

Clint Dacus is a Mansfield chiropractor with True Balance Chiropractic & Physical Therapy - mansfield, TX who serves Mansfield and the surrounding communities (76063, 75054, 76065, 76060) in TX . He uses a combination of therapies to improve the health and wellness in all areas of patient's lives.  Dr. Dacus takes a "whole person" approach in chiropractic care, which means looking for the underlying causes of disease, discomfort, and pain, as opposed to just treating the symptoms. 

To learn more about Clint Dacus, you can visit his online profile

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