PUZZLE PAINS: Doctors offer tips to ease strain on your body while doing puzzles
SALISBURY, Md. – A lot of us are still trying to find ways to stay busy during these times of quarantine. You may have even started working on a puzzle, but that puzzle may be bringing you some back and neck pain. According to one chiropractor we spoke with here in Salisbury, he says this is pretty common for people who work on these popular activities. So what can you do to ease some of that pain? Experts say try taking breaks in between to give your body some rest. They say slouching over can add a lot of tension to your neck and lower back, so you should also try moving in different positions. And as for if you should stretch the areas where you’re hurting? Doctors say that’s a no go, and you should try these tips instead:
“It’s all about the frequency of moving, and just being aware and cognizant of your posture. You can also do contrast therapy where you utilize ice for 10 minutes and then heat for 10 minutes immediately after. Again both being 10 and 10, 20 minutes on and then an hour off,” said Dr. Daniel GJ Lane, with Delmarva Chiropractic
Dr. Lane adds that if the pain doesn’t go away after that first round of applying ice and heat, you can try it again after an hour passes by. You could also take over the counter medicine such as Advil or Tylenol to help ease the pain as well.