I love being a mom, it is a honor to be the mother of two amazing kiddos and I honestly cannot imagine a day with out them. However, since I was blessed with these two I have also had to deal with back pain daily. Thanks kids!
About 7 years ago, I was blessed with a positive pregnancy test and also chronic back pain. I remember the day so clearly when my back pain began. I was about 6 months pregnant with Jude and was in the shower and sneezed and in order to not end up in the ER with slipping in the shower I tweaked my body during that sneeze. OUCH! From that point on I would have shooting pain down my legs daily. That pain also affected me at work, those desk jobs take a toll on ya too!
Over the years of this back pain, I found myself relying heavily on OTC pain pills that were probably doing more harm than good on my body. I started doing some research on natural products that could help me get the same relief as the pain medications and that is when I stumbled on the Curamin® Stop Pain Now at my local Natural Grocers.
Curamin® Stop Pain Now is a safe, effective, non-addictive herbal formula that is different from OTC pain medications and prescription drugs that can sometimes have negative side effects. I was especially excited to try this product because it is listed as safe, effective and non-addictive - with daily pain I did not want to be relying on a pain medication that could hurt me.
Curamin® has become a daily routine for me and I find that it has helped me enjoy my time as a mom with out that lovely back pain. In addition to the Curamin® supplements I have started focusing on my time in my desk chair at work. I work in an office 5 days a week and spend most of my time in my office chair. This really irritates my back. I found that doing some simple office stretches at my desk while incorporating Curamin® helps me regulate the pain and irritation.
Office Stretches To Do At Your Desk
Chair Cat Cow Stretch:
Bring a little yoga to your desk. This simple stretch helps improve balance and posture, strengthens and stretches the spine and neck and most importantly reduces lower back pain.
To do this stretch simply sit up straight in your chair, with your feet flat on the floor and begin to arch your back and look up. Push your stomach out and shoulders backwards. Once in this position, start rounding your shoulders forward and look downwards at your lap. During this process make sure you are inhaling and exhaling properly - do this move at least five times to get the best results.
Chair Raised Hands:
A simple stretch that opens your body to improve posture, open your shoulders, and stretches your core. All of these improvements will help the back pain that a lot of us feel after sitting in a chair for hours. While all of that sounds amazing, the feeling is even better. I find myself using this stretch when I start getting sleepy or uncomfortable at work.
To achieve this release start by sitting up straight in your chair with your feet flat on the ground. Inhale and raise your hands to the sky. Exhale and slowly lower your arms to the sides of your chair or body.
Slouching is an issue that I find myself dealing with when I am working intensely on a computer project. To get my body out of the slouch which also affects my lower back and shoulders I do this simple side stretch. I find that it improves the strength in my side muscles as well.
Simply start this stretch by placing one hand on the side of your chair and reach the other arm up. Once stretched to the sky, slightly press your hand into your chair to feel the stretch in your sides. Alternate sides while inhaling and exhaling.
Shrug It Off:
Back pain settles in all parts of your back, for those of us who sit at a computer every day we might feel more tension in our upper back due to the typing and ergonomics we have at our desks. To keep the muscles warm and blood moving do this simple shrug a few times a day.
Inhale deeply and shrug your shoulders, lift them high up to your ears and hold for a few seconds. Then release and drop as you exhale. Once you repeat the process a few times, shake your head "Yes" and "No" and then relax your neck.
Another yoga-ish pose that will have your body screaming for more stretches. This stretch opens your shoulders and chest which also helps improve your posture and strength in your core. Plus it just feels good during those afternoon slumps.
Interlock your hands behind your back, while doing this pull your shoulders back. You can stay in one position in order to just open your chest and shoulders or you can extend this stretch further which then also stretches your arms and wrists.
Do The Twist:
This might be the most traditional chair stretch yet. I remember doing this in school all the time, it just feels good! This move relieves back pain and stiffness and even works on those hip joints.
To achieve this stretch start by sitting up straight in your chair with feet flat on the ground. Simply twist your torso and reach to the back of your chair to hold your pose. Lengthen your spine with every inhale/exhale.
I have found that incorporating these stretches in my daily work life has helped me stay more focused and more comfortable through out the day.
Hello Curamin. Goodbye Pain
Curamin® is available at fine health food stores nation wide. Check out the store locator to find a retailer near you. I have found Curamin® at Sprouts and Natural Grocers.