Pain, disease and illness is usually the result of a combination of all the stressors in your life—physical, chemical and emotional—layered upon each other.
All the small things layer together to create a bigger problem: spinal blockages. I explain how spinal blockages lead to disease and illness in this post.
For healing to happen, we want to look at each of the three types of stressors in our lives and reduce or eliminate them as much as possible.
For this post, I want to focus only on physical stress and the 6 most common culprits in your everyday life that may be causing you pain.
I’ll go into detail on each of these in upcoming blog posts, then moving on to the other two types of stressors as well: chemical and emotional.
Accidental Physical Stress & Everyday Physical Stress
There are many types of accidents that cause physical stress in the body—motor vehicle, horse riding, sporting and recreational accidents, or workplace injuries, for example. All injuries, falls, whiplash can often be felt in the spine causing blockages.
When the body does not heal 100% (as is usually the case), these physical stressors can cause a weakness where layers of stress can continue to accumulate.
Say, for example, you acquired a sporting injury as a child. That area of your body may not have healed perfectly, causing it to remain slightly weaker than the rest of your body, and so over the course of your life, additional stress caused by emotional, chemical and physical stressors can store as additional layers like an onion around the spine.
So, while an accidental physical stress may have caused an initial stress and weakness in your body, you can see how everyday, seemingly benign physical stressors or ones you may not have considered to be an issue can add and exacerbate the pain over time.
So, let’s start by looking at the most common culprits of physical stressors so that you can begin to tackle them effectively.
We spend approximately 2,820 hours a year sleeping! It’s essential for your body to recover and reset for the day ahead.
Many people don’t realise how important it is for your spine to be aligned when sleeping.
If you sleep on your tummy and twist your neck to one side, you could be blocking messages between your brain and body. This can stop vital healing from happening.
So, how can you sleep better?
Sleeping on your back or your side is best.
If you really love sleeping on your tummy, try a curved pillow or a pregnancy pillow.
You can cuddle into them without rolling over.
The shape and position of your spine directly relates to your flexibility and health.
Stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak or tight muscles, anxiety and depression can all affect your posture. So can wearing high-heels!
A bad work environment and unhealthy sitting and standing habits can also have an impact.
So, what’s the problem with poor posture?
It can create blockages in your body which can lead to stress, pain, disease and illness.
We don’t usually think about our posture – our muscles do it for us. But it’s time to start thinking!
As humans, we’re designed to move – our ancestors walked eight hours a day.
But today, many of us are sitting for eight hours a day instead. Whether that’s at a desk, computer or on the sofa, we’re not letting our spines move as much as they should. This can affect our bodies and nervous systems.
With research linking mental health and nervous systems, it’s so important to keep active!
If you have a desk job, make sure to stand up and stretch every 20 minutes. If you can’t, aim to move and extend your spine as much as possible.
Bending, Twisting and Lifting
Repetitive bending and twisting causes tiny fibres in our bodies to tear.
Eventually, they’ll finally go twang.
Your muscles will likely contract to hold everything in place – this can be very painful.
One day, you might be making the bed or picking something up and feel your back give out. People will ask you how it happened and you’ll be embarrassed to tell them “I was just picking up a tissue!”.
Don’t bend and twist more than you need to. When you do, make sure you’re using the best possible technique. Your body will thank you!
When women give birth, it takes around six weeks to return to normal.
Mothers bend and twist repetitively: picking up their baby, putting them in the car and returning to work soon after giving birth.
Don’t let pressure to be a ‘supermum’ stop you asking for help or showing vulnerability.
Spending time on social media also doesn’t help when it comes to unrealistic ideals!
Accidents, Falls & Sporting Injuries
Physical trauma from sports such as running and squash can have a huge impact on your body.
Some people can cope with this impact and others can’t.
Whether you’re an amateur or professional, your body needs time to heal.
We need to listen to our bodies and treat them well. If you do sports, make sure you’re giving your body enough time to rest and heal.
So, which of these 6 common physical stress culprits do you think may be causing you pain?
Take some time out and think about your lifestyle, your past, and what your body has been saying to you with pain.
Your body is speaking to you all the time!
And while some of these may be easy to identify, others may be less obvious. It’s important to understand your pain before you can begin to heal.
Yours in health and healing,
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