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Is Your Everyday Life Contributing To Your Aches And Pains?

| February 27, 2014 | Reply

Neck Pain

Over the past eight years, both working with Capilano Rehab and also with the University of Alberta Varsity Wresting team, I have seen many different and unique injuries.  However, when asked which are the most common, I answer that it is those injuries related to prolonged sitting and subsequent postural strain.  Whether we recognize it or not, we all do things throughout the day that can contribute to bad posture.  For example, I sit at a desk while I am at work.  Then I drive home sitting.  Then I’m sitting at a tiny table for a tea party or sitting to paint and play with playdoh with my kids.  I sit and drive here and there for playdates or to go and sit in the indoor playgrounds when it is minus 30 out.  My point is that our everyday life can and does wreak havoc on our backs and necks.  Because of sitting!  Even in a career where we are supposed to help others feel better.  

How You Contribute to Your Back Pain

While at work I sit at my desk and cross my legs.  It has been ingrained into my mind since I was young to sit like a lady and cross my legs.  In reality I know this is bad for my back but it is such a habit that I can’t help it.  When you are sitting and you cross one leg over the other your pelvis tilts to the side.  In order for your head to remain straight your lower back curves to the left or right depending on what leg you crossed to compensate.  I spend so much time sitting like this that the muscles in my back tighten and shorten on one side, and stretch past normal length on the other side.  Sitting at a desk, sitting at the dinner table, as a driver/passenger in a car, visiting with friends, these are all things that people do on a daily basis and they are leading to back problems. Now I realize that not everyone sits at a desk for their job, but I feel like I can safely say that most of us sit at some point in our day. 

Aches and Pains in Your Neck and Shoulders?

When I was a teenager my Gramma used to say “shoulders back” and physically put my shoulders into proper posture, at 16 that drove me nuts!! Now I wish my Gramma lived in Edmonton so she could constantly remind me!  It’s not just sitting at my desk typing, or doing paper work that is the sole culprit for my extremely poor posture.  Things like making meals, doing dishes, driving, or riding my bike are everyday things that require me to be reaching away from my body.  This causes my shoulders to rotate forward leading to tighter pectoral muscles and lax trapezius, deltoid and rhomboid muscles.  Over time this poor posture can lead to headaches, decreased neck range of motion and pain as well as pain between your shoulder blades. 

How Capilano Rehab Centre Can Help You

Fear not!! There are ways to help fix these problems.  We have a variety of treatments that can help ease your discomfort and get you back to pain-free living.  Our physiotherapists, in addition to hands on treatment, can provide you with some exercises for you to do at home or in our gym to help stretch those over tight muscles, and some exercises that can help tighten those lax muscles. Additionally, Capilano offers other state of the art therapies: 

  • Evo-Blue applicator for our Radial Shockwave Therapy.  This new applicator lets us target a greater surface area to help relax muscles that lead to tension headaches, as well as shoulder problems that can be attributed to poor posture like shoulder tendonitis. 
  • Intra-Muscular Stimulation (IMS) is another great way to help deal with overly tight muscles.  IMS uses ultra-thin filament needles to reach deep muscle spasms and knots.  When the needle enters the tight muscle it causes it to contract more, in return causing to relax more. 
  • Graston Technique Therapy is another great way to help break up tight muscles and scar tissue that build up over time.  


Capilano Rehab Centre | Physical Therapy Capilano physical therapists have provided state-of-the-art physical therapy, sports physiotherapy, back pain, WCB, accident, whiplash and injury rehab to clients in Edmonton for over 10 years.

5832 Terrace Rd Edmonton, AB. T6A 3Y8

(780) 466-1104

Category: Active Living, Graston Technique Therapy, Healthy Living, Intra-Muscular Stimulation (IMS), Physiotherapy, Postural Strain, Radial Shockwave Therapy, Uncategorized

About the Author ()

I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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