Your shoulder is one of the busiest intersections in your body: three bones form one main joint cushioned by cartilage and held in place with cords of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. When everything works as one, you have the mobility and stability to lift, throw, flex, and reach. Injure one of these separate parts, however, and you can be sidelined with searing pain, not to mention a severely compromised range of motion, says Guillem Gonzalez-Lomas, M.D., sports medicine physician at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.
Being a fitness trainer, the results for my clients are basically over my shoulder, literally. Lifting weights, stretching my clients, carrying a heavy bag for house visit, my neck is in a complete mess. I visit a masseur when time permits, but most require advance booking and travelling takes time for a busy folk like me.
Most of the activities I participate in actively use my shoulder and I don’t think I could tolerate the toll of a 9-5-office job without suffering from neck and shoulder pain.
Many studies of Persistent of Neck/Shoulder Pain among Computer Office Workers with Specific Attention to Pain Expectation, Somatization Tendency, and Beliefs have been done. ( linked here)
Part of the studies says that “However, based on the results derived from the follow-up, disability due to neck/shoulder pains was found to be higher among the females than the males. Disability in getting dressed was 57.7% among the females, in comparison with 28.6% found among the males. Furthermore, disability in performing the chores was 92.2% and 42.9% in the female and male participants. Referring to physician was 19 (57.6%) and the number of males who were visited by physicians was higher than the females (57.1% vs. 44.4%). Sickness absence due to neck/shoulder pains was just reported among the female participants at follow-up (25%).”
This is when we need to rely on a quick relieve. A good substitute when people do not have time for a massage session is to use one of this disposable patches which could help alleviating the pain without growing dependent on it.
The AMMELTZ YOKOYOKO Air-Activated Body Warmer – Neck & Shoulder has no side effect whatsoever and if you feel uncomfortable you can remove it and dispose the patch with ease.
This patch comes in all shape and sizes to help with different pains. I remember when I was little my grandma would always have a bottle of YOKOYOKO in her bag for a quick relieve. I can’t wait to let her try this new heat patch from them!
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