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Quick poll - would you rather be:
1) pain free without having corrected the cause
2) still painful but correcting the cause?
It is helpful to understand the differences between acute and chronic.
Acute issues are short term issues and have been in place for less than a few weeks. Acute issues will resolve on their own because the body is self healing and self regulating.
Chronic issues are those that have been in place for longer than a few weeks and unfortunately the body will not resolve the issue on its own.
Automatically this creates confusion because if the body is self healing and self regulating then why does it not resolve the chronic issues? The answer is found in why something becomes chronic in the first place...
What are your thoughts as to why an issue becomes chronic?
I will discuss this further on our next post.
My favorite test of spinal dysfunction...march on the spot for 1 minute with your eyes closed.
Do not cheat; did you move from your starting point?
What is Healing?
Health comes from the Old English word “Hal,” meaning wholeness, soundness, or spiritual wellness. “Health” is defined by the World Health Organization as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” To “cure,” conversely, refers to doing something (such as giving drugs or performing surgery) that alleviates a troublesome condition or disease. Healing does not equal curing. Healing facilitates change that reduces stress, improves diet, promotes exercise, and increases the person’s sense of community and connection. In doing this, we help improve the balance of health of the body, mind, and spirit that may result in the ability to discontinue a pharmaceutical, thereby reducing the need for the cure.
University of Wisconsin; School of Medicine and Public Health
Be particular when you describe pain - pain has a location, a quality, a intensity, a frequency and a duration.
All of this helps to identify the issue. Remember pain is simply the warning sign of tissue damage occurring. Identifying the issue allows us to find the cause.
Correct the cause and the effects heal on their own.
Give it a go and send it to me
Dysfunctional movement leads to compensation; functional movement leads to adaptability.
A simple technique to facilitate destressing - stop between each change of activity in the day and take 3 full breaths in and out. Focus on the breath out; lengthen it!
before getting out of the car - breathe;
When you get to your office desk - breathe;
When you finished a phone call or a meeting - breathe.
You will find small pockets of recuperation everyday.
Such a common condition; the nervous system surely impacts the body widely
Spinal challenge - can you flex your lumbar spine while extending your thoracic spine?
Can you extend your lumbar spine while flexing your thoracic spine?
Can you swop between the two quickly (and without pain)?
Sir William Osler (founder of allopathic medicine) said “it is much more important to know what sort of patient has a disease than what sort of disease a patient has!”
Food for thought?
People with poor spinal curvature/posture have:
1. Nearly 250% higher rates of death from atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries)
2. 200% increased risk of dying from pulmonary (lung-related) causes
3. Forward head posture and excessive rounding of the upper back decreases your lung capacity by up to 30%
4. 80% of the world’s population is considered to have poor spinal posture.
How is your posture?
Everything you do either helps or hurts you.
What percentage of your day did you do things that helped you?
What would you do?
If your body makes too much stomach acid should you
1.) take drugs to neutralize the acid or
2.) find the cause to why this is occurring
Can you balance on one leg with your eyes closed and bend the same knee such that you can touch your toes?
A link to an interview Dr J and I had regarding posture and the spine.
Have a Great Weekend.
Spinal hydration is an effective test of your core strength:
Sit up straight (preferably on the blue wobble disk we have in the office)
Tilt your pelvis forward and backwards. If you have fantastic core strength:
- your rib cage should not need to participate in the movement; nor should your neck or shoulders
- your belly button should be contained inwards throughout the whole movement
- your hip-flexor tendons should be deactivates
Give it a test ; let me know