Welcome to the sixth part of my seven blog series on the 7 biggest posture mistakes. The biggest posture mistake this time is masking your problem. In other words, are you masking your pain?
Ignoring pain can be way more harmful to your body than you realize. An uneasiness today can turn into a frequent pain tomorrow, and before you know it, it goes deep inside the tissues and make you uncomfortable for the rest of your life. If you aren’t sure whether or not you are masking your pain, here are 5 signs that prove indeed you are ignoring your pain!
- Do you feel stiffness in your neck when you wake up, or when you sit for too long? What do you do? Do you just shrug off the pain and get to work? You may develop a condition of cervical pain!
Here is the deal
Neck pain often generates pain, extending it to the arms and onto the hands, which cause weakness to the upper region of the body. The weakness often targets the triceps and biceps, which become atrophy.
It Gets Worse
The lumbar is affected also, which means you’ll find it difficult to straighten the back.
How do you know if neck pain is serious enough to see a doctor? “THE danger sign is pain that will not settle with painkillers. Also symptoms like numbness to the arms or hands, loss of sensation or severe headaches, especially if they occur when you bend your head forward. These are all indications that you should seek the advice of a professional.” (1)
If over-the-counter pain relievers are a regular part of your exercise routine, you’re overdoing it. “Some people take these medications every day to treat muscle aches and pains associated with exercise,” says Dr. John Cianca, a sports-medicine expert at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “They may give some temporary pain relief, but the medications are actually covering up something that’s wrong in the body. If something hurts for three or more consecutive days or on a frequent basis, it’s best to see a doctor for an injury diagnosis. It could avoid more problems in the long run.” (2)
2. Does sitting for a couple of hours make your lower backache? Try stretching and see a professional. This may be a sign of a problem with your discs.
This is why it matters. Back pain could be an indication of a slipped or ruptured disk in your spinal cord, which is rather dangerous and requires immediate treatment. Are you masking your pain? This is something you need to explore.
The thinking is that forward bending, especially for long periods of time, as when you do prolonged sitting, compresses the discs in between your vertebra. This can make them sensitive and lead to a dull, achy pain. Correcting your posture and moving your joints frequently can avoid this discomfort. However, you might end up trying to stretch or find a position that doesn’t radiate pain all over. No success? This might mean there is something wrong and the usual home remedy treatments won’t work. Stop procrastinating and seek professional help.
3. Does your work involve a lot of movement with your hands? Do you feel irritation or swelling in your shoulder very frequently? You may have injured one or more out of four muscles that make up the shoulder.
Severe shoulder pain, іf untreated, mау lead tо shoulder dislocation. You can read about 18 Causes of Stabbing Pain Between Shoulder Blades if you need more information.
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4. Do you ever feel like your leg has stopped responding to you while sitting, and then as soon as you stand, it is back to normal? Most people ignore this condition because the pain only kicks in if you sit for a long duration. This is early sign of sciatica. Get in touch with a professional.
5. Some pains are temporary, like the ones caused by stress. However, these go away after you take rest. But, if they do not, you should not be waiting for them to fade away on their own. This might be something else.
If your symptoms are accompanied by a loss of bladder or bowel control, if a sudden onset of weakness strikes in any extremity, if pain is severe, or if it does not improve within a week, you should seek the advice of a medical professional.
If you are in an accident or fall and cause injury, seek medical assistance instantly. Delaying the problem can lead to further complications. If you lift a heavy object and your back starts to ache, seek help. If the muscles in your legs cannot provide you support and stability to stand erect on your toes, seek help.
If slapping of your feet start when you begin walking, you will need medical support also. At the lower trunk, legs, and back, if you feel weakness, tingling, or numbness you will need medical assistance. During sleep hours if your back gives you problems, you endure fevers, and if you experience chills, seek help.
In sum, A pain or uneasiness can be a sign of a greater trouble that your body has been trying to convey to you. Ignoring the pain is just going to make the condition worst. Seeking the help of a professional will make your life simpler. Always listen to you body, it knows when it needs healing.
Let me leave you with a very relevant verse from the famed Paul Lawrence Dunbar poem, We Wear the Mask. It is the last verse and I think wraps this post nicely. In a powerful way, he addresses the question are you masking your pain?
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask.
“ask the expert; how to deal with a pain in the neck.” Evening Gazette [Middlesbrough, England], 17 July 2018, p. 25.
Howe, D.K. “Masking the pain.” American Fitness, Nov.-Dec. 2003, p. 8.