Sometimes I feel like a firefighter. Just when I think I’m helping someone get a handle on their knee pain they tell me their shoulder is starting to bother them. Then when the shoulder “fire” is under control a new blaze starts in the back.
We all experience it. Some more than others depending on your activities and age. It doesn’t exactly stop you from doing things but it sure makes you feel slow to start, especially in the morning.
A very interesting article came out just recently: “Effective treatment options for musculoskeletal pain in primary care: A systematic overview of current evidence.”1 (Check it out if you like. It’s free.) It attempts to give an overview of the effectiveness of all the various current treatments for neck, back, shoulder, knee, and multi-site pain. The conclusions may be surprising to you
Mmmm… maybe not.
The health world seems to be obsessed with sitting right now with many people blaming it for a multitude of health woes and some even comparing its dangers to that of smoking. I doubt that sitting is that bad but I think it’s safe to blame at least some aches and pains on prolonged sitting. And I’m sure you are well aware that certain positions definitely hurt your back more.
So what’s the right way to sit at work?