...it is worth considering a more natural approach to healthcare. So many people resign themselves to the idea that pain relief is a choice between medication and ”grinning and bearing it,” until the pain retreats. Depending on the severity of your pain, some level of medication may be unavoidable, but you certainly don‘t have to tough it out alone. There are many natural pain relievers, some of which are just as effective as pain medication. As an office of chiropractic, it is our job to educate people on natural pain relief. The truth is, pain medication lets many people down because it fails to do anything about the underlying cause of the pain.
Neither do we. As we move further and further away from our ancestral past, it seems that more professions are shifting into the office chair. This transition toward white collar labor is making us more sedentary as a society, partly because we have to spend 8 hours in an office and partly because after our work, we are too tired and mentally exhausted to do anything else besides sit on the couch and watch television. While this is a generalization that hardly applies to everyone, it is a symptom of our society that is causing the early onset of spinal degeneration. If you are going to spend all day in front of your desk, it behooves you to deskercise!
What are we to do in this situation? Let's start by focusing on the relationship between the two: how do weight gain and back pain perpetuate each other? Very simply:
At Scorca Chiropractic, we see that reducing one factor (weight gain or back pain) is necessarily going to reduce the other. So where do we start?
One influences the other or, more pointedly, the two perpetuate each other. Subluxation, which refers to slight misalignments of the vertebrae, is a perfect example of this concept. When you are stressed, your muscles tighten and remain contracted, often for the duration of a given stressful period. Tight muscles in the back pull the vertebrae out of alignment and pressurize nerves that exit at each level of the spine. This physical pain then contributes further to anxiety and the stress cycle recycles upon itself.
It's easy to see how it happens; you had no time to spare to begin with. All of a sudden the month of December's calendar is full of holiday appointments, activies and engagements. Holiday shopping creates a financial strain before you even factor in the physical stress of going out in the busy streets and buying the items. It's no wonder that diet and exercise fly out the window this time of year. And if you are suffering from back pain on top of all this, you may not be fully feeling the holiday cheer. This holiday season, don't underestimate the toll that a busy schedule and not enough rest can take.