Similar to getting routine maintenance on your vehicle, routine maintenance for your body is important to help improve life longevity. This is especially true as life situations throughout a calendar year can throw a curveball and cause chronic stress. And if left untreated, chronic stress can take a major toll – emotionally and physically. As I’ve written before, 75% of all physician visits are stress related. Routine stress, such as pressures of work, school, or other daily responsibilities can wear you down. Stress brought on by a sudden negative change, such as a divorce, illness, or losing a job can also take a huge toll. And so can traumatic stress.
Whether it’s acute or chronic, joint pain is common among adults in the U.S. Joint pain can be caused by an injury, such as a sprain or a strain. Sometimes an injury or inflammation of a joint can cause bursitis or tendinitis. Other times joint pain may be a sign of arthritis. Athletes, for example, can develop osteoarthritis from the demands they put on their bodies which can cause wear and tear on the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is also a big issue for many adults. RA is a disease of the immune system that sparks inflammation in the body and harms the joints. Conventional doctors typically prescribe medications for.