(Page 1 will be about my recovery from a back and a neck-shoulder injury. Go to page 2 for my article on how to deal with injury and how to properly recover from it)
In conjunction with my last post, I am now here to announce that my back injury is gone and over with. In fact, I was pretty okay three days after I blogged about it. I had it sort of fixed by a massage therapist and it was a great experience as it helped me grab a sense of what proper posture really is and why it’s terribly important regardless of whether you’re exercising or not. But I was still unable to do my usual routine as planned.
Monday afternoon, while writing at my custom-built standing desk, my upper right neck and shoulder got worn out. There was this sharp pain that really felt like something was stabbing me from the inside as I could not pinpoint the exact spot where it hurt. I tried stretching it off with various routines and I got a bit of mobility back but they still hurt specially when I would turn my neck around or move my right shoulder. I believe it was due to my right arm overstretching towards the mouse pad (located at shoulder height) which was my fault for placing it there in the first place. I then decided to lower it to just below my chest, like my keyboard. It got worse when my brother invited me to this park with a few exercising equipment the next day. Nothing too fancy or hardcore, simple equipment that’s usually good enough to be used by senior citizens without injuring themselves. The funny thing is, I was the one who got injured.
It was during my excited use of a pull-up bar that bust my shoulder and neck muscles real good. I turned a minor, not-so-painful-and-bothersome injury into something I literally went to the doctor for. I couldn’t really move so much without thinking about the pain. My usual activities were a bit hampered as I could not turn around without having my whole #body turn with my head. I also couldn’t relax my back when I sit down to rest as it would hurt too. Raising my right arm also proved to be quite painful.
Anyway, the doctor told me, as I had suspected, all I got was a simple case of muscle strain. He prescribed some muscle relaxants (which I got) and a painkiller (which I didn’t need). Safe to say I’m probably 80% healed now with only the slightest bit of discomfort when I turn my neck to the left side.
Moral of the story? Always be mindful of your posture whether it is standing, working in front of a computer, or training. Bad posture promotes injury and it may not hurt now but it will eventually and it will explode on you.
He likes to tell people how to grow their money and how to naturally lose body fat. He owns Fit and Write, a website catered to his passion to write about health and fitness. His main weapon against weakness is the kettlebell.
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