“Age, eh?” After turning 50 so many conversations start this way. Two simple words, so many meanings and the context ensures there is no doubt what is the reference. If you know what this refers to then you are part of a club that puts you on a level playing ground with others who have aches and pains that no longer disappear after a good night’s sleep.
Wherever your arms go, your shoulder blades go. Given that our arms only work well in front of our bodies, the resulting rounded shoulders and forward-straining neck causes muscles between the shoulder blades to stretch and strain. That’s the long story. The short story is aching and stabbing pain around and under our shoulder blades that often shoots into the neck or down the arm. Help is at hand. Self-treatment of painful muscles is easily achieved with a tennis ball against the wall. or a focused massage therapy treatment can release pain-causing trigger points and get you back to full functioning. ][
Progressive eye glasses are popular and handy with their 3 in 1 lenses for distance, computer work and reading. Progressive they are not when it comes to their effect on your neck. A single lense that is approximately 1.5 x 1.5 inches is a small frame in which to hold enough variations to meet all of your vision needs.
Jaw clenching can take its toll. Headaches, jaw pain and ringing in the ears are some of the side effects of jaw clenching. TMJ dysfunction is another common outcome of over working facial muscles. Bruxism is often treated by dentists with tooth guards to prevent worn and broken teeth from long-term grinding.
If you have ever suffered a tension headache you know that the throbbing pain can affect productivity and enjoyment of life. Imagine a life that is headache-free.