Why do we get Injuries and how to prevent them…

There are two types of injuries that are commonly seen within the body. Acute injuries, which are a sudden onset (eg: broken bone, dislocation) that usually occur in contact sports and Chronic injuries that are a build up over time.

Chronic injuries are more commonly seen in your everyday person like ourselves, who perpetually exercise or your office worker who constantly use the same muscles in front of a computer all day.

By repetitively overusing our muscles they become tired and fatigued, when this occurs and you still push your body tiny tears in muscle fibres occur. Tiny tears turn to bigger tears due to excessive load leading to all types of injuries whether it is a muscle strain, tennis elbow or shin splints to name a few. This is just as common in the office when you overuse your upper traps, shoulder and neck muscles 8-10 hours a day in front of a computer. Pain arises usually followed by a overused neck injury.

How do I prevent this from happening?

If we constantly overuse certain muscles either in the office or through exercise we need to stretch them out, either during the day or after exercise. A good massage will also do the trick as the therapist will find the tight muscles and lengthen them back out preventing injury. Otherwise once the muscles become tired and the injury occurs, you will need to go through the whole process of rehabilitation.

To prevent the overuse of muscles, know your limits, stretch and receive regular massage. Listen to your body!

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