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.
Degenerative discs are in fact a condition, not a disease. Discs are shock absorbers that cushion each vertebrae; they dry out and get worn down over the decades. A diagnosis of degenerative disc disease (DDD) can be a shock. A future of pain and disability comes barrelling towards the recipient of this unwelcome news.
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.
Take a moment to consider your clenching habits. If you’re like most people, you’re not even aware that you have been clenching your jaw, shoulders, fists and hips. Many of our physical discomforts can be traced back to the body parts we hold in a state of tension. Below is a brief primer on how to trace from symptoms to muscles chronically tightened.