Pain is an indicator that there is some problem in your body. It usually arises from
inflammation caused by a stressor. There are many different types of stresses endured by your body. Some cause an immediate adverse reaction while others have a slow effect.
• Strain or sprain caused by external load or improper movement technique.
• Often when lifting the load off the ground, the spine is not straight, causing strain in
the soft tissues, low back strain causes pain, discomfort, fatigue, and may also lead to sciatica.
• Microtrauma limiting proper healing of body structures.
• Arthritis of the joints and bones making them inflamed, weak, and painful.
• Poor posture causing structural changes, misalignment, and imbalance in the body.
• Various studies have shown that an incorrect craniocervical i.e., neck posture causes
temporomandibular dysfunction. (1) The symptoms of TMD include jaw pain, jaw locking, joint clicking sounds while eating, difficulty chewing, and ear pain. These are some causes among many others that lead a person to a life full of aches and pains that appear cyclically and leave no option other than to learn to live with them.
Living with pain is not the best way to live. It is highly unpleasant, and you can never get used to it. Continuous aches and pains hinder your activities of daily living and
socialization, affecting your overall quality of life. But you can improve it. Just like the pain, the effort to rectify it must also be constant to show long-term results. Common areas of pain include the neck region and the lower back.
Massage and stretching are two incredible fixes to relieve pain and tension in muscles,
along with strengthening of the muscles that help with keeping a good posture. These
techniques help regulate the blood flow to the affected area, which reduces inflammation and promotes healing.(2) In times where you cannot get it done by a professional, an aid that comes in handy is SOLEX that will help fix your pain and improve the quality of life.
Solex is a great adjunct to Self myofascial release. Studies have shown that self-
myofascial release (SMR) is significantly effective in improving the range of motion of the targeted joint and reduce soreness from exercise. It is especially effective in the
thoracic, lumbar, and hamstring regions. (3, 4)
SMR can also be achieved using other types of devices available in the market such as a massage ball. Cheatham et al reviewed studies to compare these two devices and did not find any superiority in results produced by either device. (5) However, generally, we can notice a few differences among them. A massage ball is a small compact device great for SMR. It is easier to pinpoint a specific knot in a small area and work on it with the help of the ball. The foam roller, on the other hand, is more suitable for large areas of the body such as the spine. Also, foam rollers are multi-purpose. Besides SMR, foam rollers also aid stretching and strengthening exercises. Solex may be used both ways, as a ball due to its convex/concave shape and as a full length foam roller but with more effective spinal alignment.
Use Solex daily to improve spine mobility for a healthier lifestyle. Neck mobility exercises will help ease neck pain and cervicogenic headache. Good upper back mobility ensures better rib function i.e., the protection of our vital organs (lungs and heart). Stretching and massage of the latissimus dorsi located on both sides of the lower back, and of hip flexors ensures a better sitting posture. It also helps avoid low back pain that is the most common ailment all around the world. Fact: Every single person gets back pain once in life. Regularly performing the Solex mobility exercises will help maintain your spine in a good shape. You can further enhance your routine through strengthening. However, it is safer to start slow and steady rather than performing tons of exercises on day one and resting for a whole week afterward. Build your stamina with time. Stay safe and healthy.
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