April 2017 Newsletter
Are injuries simply the result of bad luck?
All the time?
I'm going to weigh in with my opinion.
CLUE: it depends, but most injuries are avoidable.
Integrative Osteopathy Promo Video
I forgot to share this with you last month, but I had a promotional video made which discusses my philosophy of treatment. If you are interested in seeing how good they made me look, check it out here: https://youtu.be/LlS3QmMP3Dk
Do injuries = unlucky?
Many people lament their lack of luck in life.
One area where this is common, is when someone suffers recurrent injuries.
However, is it unlucky to keep getting injured, or is there something else at play?
The biggest predictor of future injury is past injury.
But there are many other factors that come into play, both intrinsic and extrinsic.
Luck = Intersection of Opportunity and Preparation
A common phrase describes luck as the intersection of opportunity and preparation.
In injury terms, this could be rephrased as "the intersection of opportunity and lack of preparation".
Injuries occur for the following reasons:
In both cases, the right (wrong) combination of variables work together to cause your injury.
- Acute trauma
- Chronic overload
What causes injuries?
As I mentioned earlier, there are many variables at play.
Some we can modify. Some we can't.
Some of the common factors influencing injury are:
How many of them are down to luck? I see one. Genetics.
- Health status
We can't stop getting older, but that isn't unlucky, it's a privilege.
Everything else we can influence to some degree.
So when it comes to being lucky or unlucky with injuries, what you do, or don't do, has more influence than how lucky you are.
Enhance Your Buffer Zone, Reduce Injury Risk
I don't think it is possible to completely eliminate injuries. I do think it is possibly to greatly reduce your risk of injury.
You can do this by enhancing your buffer zone.
Your buffer zone is the gap between the limit of your capacity and the load it takes for you to get injured.
Remember, this load can be an acute traumatic load, or a repetitive load applied over time.
Another way to think of the buffer zone, is like having a cash reserve. The bigger your cash reserve, the more of a disruption you can take to your income or expenses without having to go into debt.
This isn't only for athletes.
As we age, our lean body mass and sex hormones (testosterone and progesterone) decline, leaving us less resilient.
This is the real life effect of having a decreased buffer zone.
But it can be improved with an intelligent management approach, and perhaps a little good luck 😉
You Can Do Everything Right And Still Get Injured
That's just unlucky.
Latest From The Blog
I killed it with my blogging last month.
I managed to write two new posts:
How To Overcome Recurrent Pain
Tightness Is A Stress Response: Get Regular Treatment To Overcome It
And I also re-wrote an old post and made it much better.
Exercise For Fibromyalgia
Updates From The Clinic
I'm running another Intro to Kettlebells for Rehab workshop (for health and fitness professionals) on April 30th. We cap the places at 10, to ensure lots of hands on learning time, and there are 3 places left as of writing this.
You can get your ticket here: Intro to Kettlebells for Rehab
I attended a workshop on ergonomics recently, so now I can help you set up your workstation for maximum comfort and minimum strain. Most companies will offer this service upon request, as it is an OH&S issue.
The most important times to get an ergonomic assessment and setup are:
And with more of us working from home (I'm editing this from my study), it's important to have your home workstation set up correctly as well.
- When you start a new job
- When you change workstations
- When you change roles - i.e. your daily tasks change
As the cliche goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can substitute metric values if you like.
If you want to chat about setting up your workstation at home or the office, hit reply and we can work something out.
Have a great month :)
Until next time, stay healthy.