Today we introduce a new section of the Wellness Integration Center website. We have clients who suffer from chronic pain, who ask what they may be doing in their own lives to cause the pain to continue. We thought it would be a great idea to take candid photos of people we see holding themselves in strange postures throughout their day that can cause pain.

This section is NOT supposed to be a scolding session for you or to tell you how bad you are. Many of us do not know what we are doing to cause pain, so we would like to help you by passing on information gained through our years of working on clients. Your massage therapist, wherever he/she may be, should be asking you questions about how you hold yourself throughout your day, how you are positioned while you sleep at night, etc., in order to figure out how to help you.

We want this section to be a fun way to bring this information to you. We will be blurring out the faces, designs on clothing, or any distinguishing items in an attempt to keep this section objective. If we have clients who ask us to reveal their faces, career details, or things of that nature that could help you relate to them we will do so.

Veterinary technician bending over her laptop on exam table.

Janine and I were at our veterinarian’s office toward the end of last month. I saw the veterinary technician continually getting into the position you can see in this photo while she asked us all kinds of questions about our cat’s health. If she does not already have pain going on, this type of position can eventually cause pain in her back(low back and up between the shoulders), sciatica(when you see her feet and legs turned outward), her neck, and can eventually lead to headaches and a TMJ dysfunction type of pain from clenching the teeth when the stress of holding her head out over her chest reaches a high enough level. Everyone is different, so you may experience only one or two of these yourself, or you may have something else entirely.

I would suggest the office get one of those rolling laptop caddies you see nurses use that would bring the laptop up to her appropriate typing level. They may also need to connect a monitor to that laptop so the techs are not bending over or pushing their heads closer to the laptop to see the screen.