Most people think of sinking into a hot bubble bath, listening to music, or pouring a glass of their favorite drink at the end of a long, hard day at work. While it is important to relax and unwind during those hours between traveling home and going to bed, there are other things you can and should do to ease aches and pains.
Aches, pains, and sore eyes after work
For tired, dry eyes, gently place a cloth soaked in warm water over closed eyes, or use artificial tears to refresh them. After work, rehydrate yourself and eat a healthy, nutritious meal, then relax in comfort in a cool room to see if that can alleviate your aches and pains. Non-steroid, anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin help to relieve pain and reduce inflammation, and topical analgesics rubbed into the skin can help to ease musculoskeletal pain. The application of an ice pack can soothe sore muscles if you have been on your feet all day, and if your ankles or feet are swollen, try lying on the floor with your back flat, your arms outstretched, and your legs placed straight up against the wall towards the ceiling.
If you have backache, stay active, and use painkillers from your pharmacist if necessary. Keep moving rather than giving in to the pain and retreating to bed. Exercise, yoga, therapeutic massage, acupuncture, acupressure or chiropody can help with back problems. can treat back problems without the need for surgery, treating conditions from sciatica, to stenosis, to herniated discs, and sports injuries. HealthQuest has clinics in Michigan and Missouri; their chiropractors are certified, and can be contacted via their website, where you can complete the necessary forms online at your convenience. HealthQuest offers the latest in modern equipment, chiropractic technology, and specializes in the use of spinal decompression techniques; however, it may be possible to relieve your back pain with chiropractic manipulation and massage.
Preventing work-related problems
Prevention is better than cure when it comes to problems in the workplace. When lifting a heavy object, keep your back straight; the load should be held as close to your waist as possible. Push rather than pull a heavy object. At your desk, take regular breaks from your workstation, and get up for a walk every 30 minutes. Make sure your posture is correct. Properly support your lower back; make sure your feet are flat on the floor, and your screen is at eye level; your wrists and forearms should be straight, and your elbows should lie comfortably at your sides. To rest your eyes, look away from the computer screen at least every 20 minutes. Speak to your manager about an assessment of your needs.
Try relieving your aches, pain, and stress with essential oils: lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, clary sage, sandalwood, juniper, ginger, frankincense, yarrow, wintergreen, vetiver, and helichrysum are good. A few drops can be mixed with a carrier oil for a massage, applied to a hot or cold compress, or inhaled by adding to hot water. Why not add a few drops to a hot bath, turn up your music, and sip a glass of your favorite drink? Also when you do get a hernia from working too hard, check out this for more info on how to get rid of a hernia.
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