Work posture is a huge contributor to modern aches and pains. Most people spend too much time sitting hunched in front of computers, tablets and mobile screens. Definitely not ideal for maintaining a good healthy spine. Very often this causes anterior head carriage (AHC) , tight upper neck muscles, tight chest muscles, and weak mid-back muscles. Symptomatically this contributes to headaches, neck stiffness, shoulder pain and mid-back pain.
A patient recently brought a wearable technology to my attention called Lumo Lift. Check it out. It’s a device that attaches to the front of your shirt to monitor your shoulder position. It hooks up wirelessly to your smart phone and will vibrate to make you aware when you have let your shoulders hunch forward. It could be an interesting way for people to raise awareness about their hunched posture and possibly get themselves sitting better.
It’s springtime, even if the cold weather of late makes us forget…
In Chinese medicine, spring is the season of wind, growth and expansion. Like plants that sprout out of the earth and seek the sun, human beings are also in search of light and renewal during this season. Our ability to make a harmonious transition between winter and spring depends on the quality of our rest during winter and our habits in early spring. Lack of rest can lead to the presence of seasonal allergies; lack of sufficient warm clothing exposes us to wind (and thus to colds and other respiratory conditions). In Chinese medicine, the transition from winter to spring also depends on the energetic health of our liver. The liver and gallbladder are both organs associated with the spring. A healthy liver helps us make decisions, launch projects and fully express our creativity. When our liver energy is deficient, we lack initiative and the capacity to act. In excess, we have excessive behavior and disproportionately large-scale projects that lead us to neglect our personal needs and relationships. A liver whose energy is “stagnant” leads to irritability and can also be expressed by pain, digestive and or breathing disorders. Read this short text for foods that strengthen the Liver and Gallbladder this spring!