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5 Common Pains and Aches and How to Relieve Yourself

Learn how to avoid a few of the most common aches and how to feel better quickly if you are in pain.

Common Pains and Aches
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Do you ever have the feeling that some part of your body is always in pain? Perhaps it’s stiffness and achiness in the early hours (talk about a bad start to the day), a tight back and shoulders after hours in your desk chair, or a thumping head later in the evening. You may believe that you must live with your pain, but this is not always the case. Continue reading to learn how to avoid a few of the most common pains and aches and how to feel better quickly if you are in pain.

1.Headaches

All ages, races, and socioeconomic classes are affected by headaches. The four basic types of headaches are vascular — such as a migraine — muscle contraction — also known as tension — traction — caused by conditions affecting the head, such as tumours — and inflammatory. Medication, injections, meditation, cognitive behavioural therapy, biofeedback, massage, and acupuncture are some of the treatments available. 

  • Try a Cold Pack: If you have a migraine, place a cold pack on your forehead. A bag of frozen vegetables, ice cubes covered in a cloth, or even a cold shower may help relieve pain. Maintain the compress on your head for 15 minutes before taking a break.
  • Apply a Heating Pad or a Hot Compress: If you have a tension headache, apply a heating pad to the back of your neck or the back of your head. Hold a warm cloth to the area that hurts if you have a sinus headache. A warm shower may also be beneficial.

2.Backpain

If you haven’t had back problems before, possibilities are you will in the near future. According to the National Institutes of Health, eight out of every ten people experience back pain at some point in their lives (NIH). Back pain can be sharp and abrupt, or it can be a dull ache that lasts for years. It can impact you anywhere between your pelvis and the bottom of your neck. Exercising, losing weight, medication, injections, acupuncture, massage, and surgical intervention are all options for treatment. 

  • Stretch: Strong muscles, particularly those in your abdominal core, can assist your back. Strength and agility may aid in the relief and prevention of pain.
  • Maintain Good Posture: This relieves strain on your lower back.
  • Tape, straps, or stretchy bands can be used to help keep your spine in alignment. Maintain a centred position with your head over your pelvis. Avoid slouching your shoulders or cocking your chin forward.

3.Neck Pain

With so many of us staring at computers or smartphones for the majority of the day, it’s no surprise that nearly 20% of us have encountered neck pain in the last three months, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A stiff neck is commonly caused by muscles weakening over time as a result of poor posture or misuse. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Keeping your screen at eye level, sitting straight up, and minimizing tilting and twisting your head down or to the sides while being on the laptop can all save you from neck pain. Take frequent breaks and avoid having your neck bent forward for long periods of time when driving or looking at your phone.
  • If your neck is pestering you, you should also consider your sleeping positions. Always sleep on your side or back, never on your stomach.

4.Menstrual Pain

When you’re menstruating, it’s normal to experience pain in your abdomen, lower back, and thighs. Throughout your period, the muscles of your womb contract and relax to aid in the removal of the accumulated lining. Cramping is caused by your muscles working hard. Girls and women may also experience nausea, puking, migraines, or diarrhoea. Here are a few pointers to help you recover:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most commonly prescribed over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers for period pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. Ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen are examples of NSAIDs (Aleve). These medications aid in lowering your body’s production of prostaglandins.
  • A 20-minute massage treatment session can help relieve menstrual pain. Massage therapy for the menstrual period entails pushing key points on your abdomen, side, and back while the therapist’s hands move around your body.
  • Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help prevent menstrual pain.

5.Hand and Finger pain

Working all day on your laptop and phone can result in cramped fingers and hands. Repetitive movements, particularly when your joints are in a stressful position for a longer length of time, can cause pain, stiffness, numbness, or tingling. Here’s what you can do to help alleviate the discomfort:

  • Moving your hands on a regular basis can be beneficial (simply opening and closing your fist a few times and spreading your fingers wide will do the trick).
  • Tendon glide exercises: Keep your hand and point your fingers straight up to perform these. Hook them at the first knuckle, make a tight fist, and unclench your fist while extending your fingers out into a tabletop position directly away from your friend. Repeat at least 5 times.

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Written by Kavya

Pursuing food technology and trying to make it big. Kavya loves reading, learning and believes that life can be anything but predictable.

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