With age your attention to health management needs to be given more consideration. You may have new pains as your body ages. More aches here, another cramp there. Edward Sobczewski understands this very well. There are things you can do to feel better.
In Your 30s
Headaches. Your 30s can be a hectic time of life. Stress at work and home is common and can lead to headaches.
Also, sitting at a computer all day with your head in one position can strain your neck and cause your head to hurt, says Paul B. Langevin, MD, an anesthesiologist at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Feel Better. Try deep breathing exercises. Treat yourself to a gentle massage or a long soak in a warm bath. To ease head pain that comes from sitting at a computer, Try stretching your neck muscles by turning your head to the right then to the left then gently try to touch your ear to your shoulder on each side.
A warm compress or over-the-counter pain medicine may also bring relief.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is known to cause pain in your wrists and hands that comes from pressure on the nerves in your wrist. Typing on keyboards, cell phones, tablets, and computer games can make you more likely to get carpal tunnel syndrome.
Feel Better. If you can, take a break from typing, texting, or making other motions over and over. Make sure your workspace is correctly arranged. While typing at a keyboard:
- Sit against the back of the chair with your shoulders relaxed.
- Keep your elbows at your side and your wrists straight.
- Plant your feet flat on the floor or on a footrest.
Try using a wrist brace. Physical therapy and exercises that build up hand and arm muscles can also help. See a doctor if the pain doesn’t improve. Some people need surgery for this problem.
In Your 40s and 50s
Back Pain.Several things can bring on lower back pain as you age, including stress on the spine from bad posture, a poor workplace setup, and the wrong sleeping habits.
Feel Better.Pay attention to your posture and how you lift things. Ideally, people should not lift more than 25% of their body weight without assistance.
Look at your workplace. Is your chair the right height? Is your computer screen where it needs to be? Make adjustments if you need to.
Does your back ache in the morning? Consider buying a new mattress or trying a new sleeping position.
Over-the-counter medications like, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen can help relieve pain and reduce swelling. Try physical or chiropractic therapy, or practice Pilates or yoga. Talk with your doctor to see if these treatments are right for you.
Muscle Strain and Tendinitis.The effects of pushing yourself too hard get worse as you age. Repeated strain on your arms from things like cleaning and yard work can cause chronic shoulder pain. Repetitive fitness activities like weight lifting and running can also cause problems.
Feel Better.Stretch! Don’t make your workout too long. Pace yourself when you exercise. Cut back on a sport if you get inflammation or problems from doing it too often.
Try the RICE method. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines can also reduce soreness and pain. Check with your doctor first if you take other medicines or have other medical problems.