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Unveiling the Hidden Culprits: The Impact of Your Daily Routine on Your Physical Well-being

In this weeks blog, therapist Luke Woolgar examines the impact of what you regularly do outside of your sport and exercise regime that influences injury risk and what you might want to do about it in order to reduce that risk.



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If only work was this easy. Photo credit: Rick Gebhardt, Unsplash

Introduction:

As we gracefully age, it's not uncommon to face physical issues that seem to manifest out of nowhere. The truth is, most of these issues have a common root cause – our daily activities. At Myokinetics, we specialize in assessing movement mechanics and providing massage therapies, focusing on sports and deep tissue massages. In this blog, we'll shed light on how your everyday habits, particularly those beyond your workout sessions, can significantly impact your physical health.


The Culprits Behind the Scenes:

When clients walk into Myokinetics with various injuries, we pay minimal attention to their choice of sport. Instead, we delve into their everyday movements outside the gym. Surprisingly, many injuries stem from repetitive patterns encountered in the workplace. Take the common 8-hour half squat or the seated posture for office workers – this seemingly harmless position often leads to a multitude of issues.


Understanding Modern First World Injuries:

Our bodies are not designed for prolonged periods of sitting, typing, or holding a phone to our ears. The modern workplace has given rise to injuries that, despite many of us likely to live well into our 80s, will also leave us grappling with increasing amounts of pain and discomfort. However, there is hope – understanding that the physical adaptations in your body are a direct result of your daily activities can pave the way for a healthier future.


Beyond Ergonomics: A Holistic Approach to Well-being:

Contrary to popular belief, standing desks and ergonomic chairs are not panaceas for work-related injuries. Swapping one static posture for another doesn't address the root cause. Your body craves movement and specific exercises that counteract the strains imposed by your daily routine.


The Challenge of Change:

The sedentary worker often lacks the motivation to make a change, while the active individual yearns to engage in their favorite sports. Both scenarios leave little room for addressing the impact of their work on their bodies during free time. However, dedicating time to understanding and improving the mobility and strength of key joints, such as the shoulders and hips, can lead to significant improvements in overall well-being.


A Little Effort Goes a Long Way:

Reclaiming the health and happiness of your body doesn't require monumental efforts. Understanding the proper movement of your shoulder and hip girdles, coupled with targeted exercises to regain lost mobility and flexibility, can be transformative. Dedication to strengthening weakened muscles will ensure pain-free movement for years to come.


Our Personal Commitment:

At Myokinetics, we're not just practitioners; we're proactive about maintaining our own well-being. As massage therapists, we understand the toll our work takes on our bodies. We dedicate time to counteract specific movements through targeted exercises and limit potentially harmful actions during training.


Taking Responsibility for Your Body:

While employers play a role in providing a conducive work environment, employees must also take responsibility for their physical well-being. Unlike expectations in hazardous workplaces, addressing issues like tight hip flexors and weak glutes requires personal initiative. Employees should actively engage in exercises that counteract the effects of their daily routines, ensuring a healthier, pain-free future.


Conclusion:

Your desk job may not be entirely your fault, but the resulting back pain or chronic neck issues are within your control. Devote time each week to exercise and undo the damage caused by your daily routine. If you’re in doubt about where to start, Myokinetics therapists are here to educate and guide you on your journey to a healthier, more vibrant life.


Disclaimer please note well: The information provided on this health and well-being blog is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional medical advice. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, treatment, or guidance. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read on this blog. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or the emergency services immediately.


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