Today I was talking with a practice member and they were saying that OUT OF NOWHERE, they were experiencing back pain. I explained to her that it is never out of nowhere. For many of us, we are accumulating stress and strain on our spine through daily physical, chemical , and mental emotional stress. Examples of each of these stresses are shown below.
Physical: sitting, bad sleep position, weak muscles, falls, injuries, repetitive strain.
Chemical: medications, environmental, and food chemicals
Mental/Emotional: Daily tension can affect our physiology by triggering chemical reactions and creating changes in our physiology.
It’s impossible to avoid stress! To be alive is to be under stress. The question becomes what do you DO with the stress? Does it make you stronger or weaker?
We are all unique individuals and the same stress which makes one person sick can be invigorating experience for another (distress vs. eustress). It’s not the stress but how our bodies respond to the stress that matters most in our overall health.
Imagine three dolls: one made of glass, one of plastic, and one of steel. If you were to strike each with a hammer, what would happen???
The glass one shatters. This is similar to a person who CANNOT adapt to life’s stress. This person is the type who gets ill and/or dies as a result of increased stimulus in their life.
The plastic doll will scar. This type of person is not deeply damaged but they are hurt. They will recover but never completely heal.
The steel doll rings with a pleasant tone. This type of person adapts to stress quickly and thrives. The idea is this analogy is to think about what things help you to adapt to stress and be more of a steel drum. Do you deal with life better when you have a good night’s sleep? Eat good food? Take vacation? If you understand this concept, then you must be aware that your spine is VITAL in your ability to adapt.
Stop letting life work “your last nerve” and help yourself to adapt and respond to life appropriately by regularly getting adjustments to take the pressure off your spine. BE a steel drum and make great music in this world…