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.
The start of a new year can be an exciting and challenging time. For many, this is a time of year to begin focusing more on goals – personally and professionally. This is also a time of year in which many people begin implementing healthier lifestyle habits to reduce stress and prevent or overcome chronic pain. Since I’ve written a lot on the topics of stress and chronic pain in 2018, I figured I’d do a quick recap featuring some of my most popular articles on these subjects. These can be used as a valuable resource guide to help you get an excellent jump start to a healthier you in.
The holiday season is here. For some people, this can be a season of joy whereas for others it can be the opposite. However, one thing in common for many people this time of year is the rise in food intake and the amount of sugar we put in our bodies. According to the American Heart Association, the average American adult consumes 22 teaspoons of “added” sugar per day! This far exceeds the recommended guideline of six teaspoons per day for women and nine for men. And for many people, these numbers can skyrocket during the holiday season. Sugar, sugar – it’s in just about everything! Food manufacturers have done.
Millions of people suffer from chronic pain. Some of the more common chronic pain complaints include lower back pain, severe headache or migraine pain, neck pain, and facial aches or pains. In a previous article, I wrote about back pain and how this is a common problem that doesn’t have to be a common part of living. In the article, I discussed how safer alternative treatment options such as visceral manipulation therapy can be used to reduce or eliminate pain and inflammation while helping to improve your overall function and repair your tissue. Visceral manipulation is an extremely gentle manual therapy and it is designed to release restrictions and unhealthy.
Avocado is quite the healthy food craze these days, and for a good reason! Have you tried avocado toast? Not bad, huh? Many food pairings go well together – good and bad. But what about wellness pairings to overcome chronic pain? We don’t often hear about these pairings unless it has to do with medications, which can create adverse side effects and long-term health issues. However, one wellness pairing that doesn’t seem to get talked about a lot is yoga combined with physical therapy. As a regular reader here, you know that I am passionate about physical therapy, especially visceral manipulation therapy, cranial sacral therapy, soft tissue mobilization, and joint.