Have you ever had an injury that took absolutely everything out of you? Pain is exhausting! It leaves you with feelings of helplessness and unhappy with your current situation. Our bodies respond to acute and repetitive stress injuries by creating scar tissue formation. Unfortunately this natural healing process and build up of scar tissue can create muscular imbalances, altered biomechanics and thus lead to injury. So what’s the solution? Keep your body moving! A lack of motion in the body enhances this scar tissue formation. Areas of your life that may be causing pain and scar tissue include:
- Poor posture
- Poor sleep habits
- Poor lifestyle choices – exercise, food
- Repetitive stress
So what can you do today to change these areas in your life that may be leading you on the path to increased pain and unhappiness? There are a lot of habits in our lives that can be corrected with just a little bit of effort and consciousness:
- Stop looking down constantly to text! Try using the voice text feature that transcribes the text for you. Constantly looking down is one of those repetitive stressors placed on our necks that can lead to neck pain and headaches
- If you are like a lot of my patients you might be sleeping on your stomach….STOP! This puts the low back into hyperlordosis, jamming the joints in the lumbar spine that can cause low back pain. Plus when you lay on your stomach you have to turn your head so you can breathe, this stresses the joints in your neck.
- Exercise and stretch daily. This increases the oxygen and blood flow through the body that it craves and needs to function and move properly.
- Eat a diet that is full of color and whole foods including fruits and vegetables. Try to eat organic when possible and definitely stay away from GMO foods. Do your best to avoid processed foods and refined sugars, these foods will increase inflammation in your body and ultimately keep you on that path towards pain and unhappiness.
If you are in pain don’t go to the internet to self-diagnose and treat the area. There is A LOT of information out there that we can easily access but it isn’t always credible and reliable info. Pain may be caused by an issue in our soft tissue including muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves or in our joints including our spine and extremities. To properly diagnose where the pain is coming from you need to look at the whole picture and how the body is functioning. In our office we use a combination of soft tissue techniques (A.R.T) as well as chiropractic adjustments to keep the body in motion and out of pain. My goal is to get you out of pain and back to doing the activities that make you happy and living your life at its full potential!