Neck pain is very common. Hence, most people have experienced it at times.
Some people who sit at a desk or work as a cashier may lead to experience chronic neck pain.
We are aware that both stress and sitting in a bad position can make neck pain worse. But, what else has science found to increase neck pain?
Maybe you guessed it, it’s inflammation.
It is recognized that inflammation is important in the development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Moreover, this study measured concentrations of inflammatory compounds (cytokines) in female supermarket cashiers who had work related neck/shoulder problems. Consecutively, they compared the concentrations with women without these complaints (Matute Wilander A, et al. 2014).
Based on this study, healthy women with ongoing work-related neck/shoulder pain had higher concentrations of MIP-1beta, IL-12 and CRP(all inflammatory compounds) when compared to the control group.
How can you reduce inflammation?
You can affect your inflammation greatly with how and what you eat.
Food which raises the blood sugar to a high level has been found to significantly increase hs-CRP, one of the inflammatory markers (Liu S, et al. 2002).
There are many foods that may reduce inflammation. However, legumes may be one of the most effective ones (Esmaillzadeh A, Azadbakht, 2012). Based on this research, women, who have legume intake, showed reduced hs-CRP, TNF-alpha and IL-6, all of which are inflammatory compounds.
Esmaillzadeh A1, Azadbakht L. Legume consumption is inversely associated with serum concentrations of adhesion molecules and inflammatory biomarkers among Iranian women. J Nutr. 2012 Feb;142(2):334-9. doi: 10.3945/jn.111.146167. Epub 2011 Dec 21.
Liu S1, Manson JE, Buring JE, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Ridker PM. Relation between a diet with a high glycemic load and plasma concentrations of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in middle-aged women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2002 Mar;75(3):492-8.
Matute Wilander A, Kåredal M, Axmon A, Nordander C1. Inflammatory biomarkers in serum in subjects with and without work related neck/shoulder complaints. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2014 Mar 26;15:103. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-15-103.
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