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9 Quick Fixes for Everyday Aches and Pains

Everyday Health discusses quick fixes for everyday aches and pains according to experts, including Joel M. Press, MD, physiatrist-in-chief at HSS.

“The most common problem we find with neck pain is when people sit at a desk or computer for long periods of time, their head starts to lean forward as they get closer and closer to the screen,” explained Dr. Press. This posture will overload and strain the muscles in the back of the neck. “It’s like trying to hold an 8- or 10-pound bowling ball a foot away from your body,” he said, and recommended pulling your head back toward the center of your body and to sit with your head centered over your shoulders.

Dr. Press advised to take a break every 30 minutes when typing at the computer for extended periods of time, as this may cause hand and wrist pain. “When you’re typing for long periods of time without taking a break, it can cause the muscles to get very tense and fatigued. Just like with any other muscle, when you’re fatigued, lactic acid can build up and there can be cramping and stiffness,” noted Dr. Press.

Dr. Press cited that headaches can have many triggers, but a common reason for the pain is related to muscle strain that comes from sitting at a desk or computer for too long. He recommended taking breaks, and using massage balls near the back of the head to decrease tension.

Read the full article at Everydayhealth.com.