A rose by any other name. What is an injury?

It may seem obvious to define or identify what an injury is, but alas this is not the case. There are 2 kinds of injury; the acute and the misuse injury. Misuse injuries are often referred to as overuse injuries, but overuse is only one element of misuse.  An acute injury is usually clear, but misuse injuries are more complex. It took me a while to realise that I was experiencing a string of injuries. There is also an overlap between degeneration of the body and injuries. Clearly, as we become older and our bodies are not as resilient then we are more prone to injury. However, if you look after yourself as you age then you are less likely to experience misuse injuries and even young people can experience an overuse injury, so everything cannot always be blamed on the ageing process. Age is a risk factor for injury, but there are a number of other important risk factors such as posture.

Things become even more complex when the concept of injury is applied to mental health. I would argue that there is no reason why it shouldn’t be applied, because there is no reason to assume that the mechanisms that apply to our bodies do not also apply to our minds. The concept of trauma i.e. acute injury is readily applied to mental health, so why can’t the notion of misuse injury also be applied?


I have just discovered recently that there is a link between humidity levels and allergies, chemical sensitivities, and depression. Humidity levels within a house need to be kept within certain limits; humidity shouldn’t be too high or too low. I humidity and low humidity can both cause issues. In relation to high humidity watch I have learned is that if there is a high level of humidity which of course means that the air is more saturated with water this water saturation that toxic chemicals can be held within the atmosphere more easily. If this is within your house then that means that you are breathing in these chemicals. It’s not a good idea to dry wet clothing directly on radiators because this can cause dust mites to breed and of course dust mites can cause allergic reactions. I’m not exactly sure how high levels of humidity can cause depression so this is something that I’m going to look into. Humidity can be controlled by being careful to cover cooking pots with lids, opening windows in kitchens and bathrooms when they are in use, using the highest spin when drying clothes, using smaller towels-possibly ones with microfibres-and of course think about using a dehumidifier as well.