If you've ever felt a strain in your neck, shoulders or back while at work, listen up: your body is trying to tell you something.
Many of us find ourselves picking up the phone, drafting emails and searching for files on a day-to-day basis, but most of us don't realize the physical harm we are putting ourselves through. According to physical therapist and owner of Platinum Therapy PT, Dr. Boyd Dyer, occupational hazards can cause you more pain than you may realize.
“The muscles in the body are resilient, but they can’t take certain abuses over a period of time,” he said. “Overuse will cause [the body] harm.”
Dyer, who has been practicing as a physical therapist for more than 10 years and even served as a PT consultant for the New York Jets, explained that although the muscles in one’s neck, shoulders and back are located in different parts of the spine (known as the cervical, thoracic and lumbar segments), it is no secret that when one part is strained, the other parts compensate, thus putting people at risk for acute muscle spasms or even greater injury.
He shared a few tips to keep injuries in line and how to avoid them from occurring in the first place:
So what do you do if you experience an acute muscular attack? “In the first 48 hours, apply ice to the muscle and stay comfortable,” Dyer said. “Do not try to massage, stretch, take a dip in a Jacuzzi or apply heat to the inflamed area. And if you are in terrible pain, consult a doctor or take a trip to the emergency room.”