Working as a high-stress executive and managing the demands of motherhood can take a toll on your body and one common repercussion can be nerve pain, especially when seated for prolonged periods. This discomfort can be not only debilitating but also a distraction from both professional responsibilities and family life. In this blog, lets discuss some simple strategies that you can employ to alleviate your nerve pain.
Sitting posture: Sit back into your chair so that your bottom touches the back of the seat and support the lumbar or lower back curve with a lumbar roll. This prevents slouching in the chair and thus prevents neck/ back & nerve pain. Be mindful to keep a 1-inch gap between the edge of the seat and the back of your knee. This ensures there is no additional pressure on the nerves at the back of the knee. If the seat of your chair is too long then use a pillow or lumbar support behind your back to shorted the seat length.
Watch this video for more details on how to achieve a good posture when sitting.
Movement and regular breaks:
Our body is not made for static posture as this can lead to a build up of stresses on your spine and joints, leading to neck, back and joint pains. If you are in a long meeting, try and shift your weight from one side of the bottom to the other, cross uncross your legs to offload the spine. If you have an adjustable standing desk then try to alternate between sitting and standing during your work hours. It is a good idea to move for at least a minute or two every hour. HERE are some easy Desk based exercises that you can do to get out of a static posture when working and to prevent stiffness and pain in your spine and joints. These can be easily done in under 2 to 3 minutes.
Cold Packs: These can be a helpful aid for those suffering from acute nerve pain, as cold can help to ease the soreness or achy pain felt due to inflammation in the area. When you apply a cold pack the blood vessels shrink or constrict (vasoconstriction). This will slow down the blood flow to the area. This gives time to the body to wash out the swelling and inflammation in the painful area.
Hot packs: When you apply a hot pack, it causes the blood vessels in the area to expand (vasodilatation) and this causes the blood to flow into the area. This flow of blood brings with it an influx of nutrients and oxygen, which helps with healing the area. It washes away the pain producing substances that may have accumulated there. This helps in healing the nerves and reducing the nerve pain.
HERE is a free guide on "How can you manage your nerve pain?" where you can get more information about what are nerve pains, how do you know if you are suffering from nerve pains, some solutions to manage your nerve pain and much more.
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