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What happens on a Sunday night must be a curious thing, where so many folk wake up on Monday morning with a pain in the neck. Is this a psychosomatic response to the impending doom of facing another work week, or is something more sinister at play?

We know the impact the mind can have on the body, but most folk coming in on a Monday morning appear quiet sound of mind, bar the pain in the neck they present with (that's of the physical kind and not the metaphorical). While our approach is always the same, to fix the problem, it's kept us thinking over the years about the possible cause.

With our best Sherlock Holmes' hats on, we've taken out the microscope and delved into the facts which face us. Here's what we've observed.

  1. 5 days a week - fixed, non-moving position
  2. 2 days following - a variety of activities
  3. next day start of work week = Monday Injury

Looking at it like this, it seems there must be something in the preceding period that is bringing on this pain in the neck. We've put Dr Watson on the case and he's come back with the following:

"Humans wake up, drag their knuckles to the coffee machine and then off to the train station, followed by a slumped journey to work, then more knuckle dragging to the coffee machine before slumping back in front of computer (repeat last two steps several times before reversing the trip home). Slump on sofa, hit the haystack. Repeat 5 times.

Woo Hoo, weekend time! Jump out of bed, run around with vacuum cleaner, shopping bags (whatever takes your fancy). Take bicycle/golf clubs/running shoes out for a few hours. Slump in sofa, hit the haystack. Repeat again using various combinations.

Wake up, GROAN. Monday morning. Pain in neck. Ring Sports Massage Zone and blame my pillow."

it's like taking a freezing cold foot and plunged it into a hot bucket of water. The contrast is so great, it's no wonder you're hopping about in pain.

What advice can we give? MOVE, a little every hour and little more every evening. If you're going to move lots on the weekend, then you need to be moving lots in the week too. (The converse does not work, just cos you don't do anything on the weekend, doesn't mean you can do nothing all week, tsk tsk).


Peta McSharry

Peta McSharry is an experienced Sports and Remedial Massage therapist living in London who has been treating clients since 2004 and teaching bodywork since 2006. Her therapy is based on a good grounding in sports along with a structural approach to resolving issues.

Sports Massage Zone

Sports Massage Zone - Moorgate, Liverpool Street, Bank EC2
3rd Floor (Bell Court Dental Practice)
1 Throgmorton Avenue
London EC2N 2JJ



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