Wading through knee-high snow, dragging your feet in wet slush or bracing yourself on icy sidewalks are unavoidable winter workouts. Your muscles and joints are working hard to lift, pull and brace as you walk through snow and avoid falls.
Santa’s reindeer seem to enjoy running madly around the world at Christmas time. A quick survey of colleagues, friend and families suggest that humans find it a little less amusing.
Whether your experience wanting a sick day is from being a child yourself or from parenting your own children, the story doesn’t change. “I have a sore tummy/I’m going to throw up/I don’t feel well/I’m REALLY sick/I can’t go to school.” Before the school bus has pulled away, all of the child’s symptoms are gone. Time to play! How did children learn so early that this charade of being ‘sick’ is the only way to take a day or a few away from the demands of daily life?
Your shoulders are important. They stand alone in their role and shouldn’t be asked to do double duty. They are not earrings! Every time we anticipate or worry about something or breathe using our upper chest and neck muscles, our shoulders are creeping up to where they don’t belong.
Your massage therapist is not making idle conversation when they ask “What does your pain feel like?”. The type of pain felt can be used to deepen assessment and ultimately create a treatment that is focused on the possible cause, not just the symptoms.