One of my Telehealth patients recently asked me “Why does my back always hurt more when I’m having a bad day at work?” A good question, and one that comes up quite regularly in fact! My simple response to this is normally something like “Because pain is an absolute blighter, and likes to kick us when we’re already down” but I thought today I’d put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, these days) and explain why and how our mood and pain levels are linked.
There is an assumption that spending more time on our phones is a bad thing for our health. If we think of this only in terms of sitting down for longer periods, being hunched over, or disrupting our sleep with bright screens, we may be right! However, our phones can actually be a great help when it comes to our wellbeing – encouraging us to improve our lives by adding in more exercise, mindfulness or knowledge about self-care!
The benefits of an active lifestyle are commonly-known. Long periods of inactivity can lead to serious conditions such as heart disease and obesity. However keeping active can be easier to achieve for some. Many office workers have to spend long periods of time at a desk. This sedentary behaviour can put them at risk from back, neck and shoulder discomfort.
Let’s take a quick look at the shoulder joint. It consists of the upper arm bone (the humerus), which fits into a ball and socket on the shoulder blade. This also attaches to the collarbone.