Major Stressors that Lead to Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is a modern day epidemic that affects more than 70 million Americans. It has been estimated to cost the economy more than $100 billion per year. Individuals with chronic pain can have very fulfilling lives if they have a plan to address the major stressors that lead to chronic pain.
Most people are looking for a quick drug or supplement to take to reduce pain. Although such drugs and supplements exist they fail to go upstream to the underlying causes behind chronic pain syndromes. Identifying the causative factors and minimizing their existence in one’s life is the greatest breakthrough.
Three Major Health Interferences:
There are three major interferences with our bodies’ nervous system function and natural rhythms of life. The first major stress is mental/emotional and must be effectively addressed. Living in a state of fear is extremely destructive to human physiology. Fear drives stress hormones which utilize all the key resources in the body and leave the system drained after a period of time.
To minimize mental/emotional stress take time to breath deep and focus on your relationship and identity in your spiritual life. It is also great to reconnect with the Earth’s rhythms by grounding yourself through walking barefoot, sitting or lying on grass, dirt or sand for as long as possible. Sunbathing is great for vitamin D3 synthesis and reconnecting with the Earth’s rhythms and calming stress hormones.
The winter time is a more stressful period of time for many individuals and they often are unable to sunbathe and ground their bodies due to colder climates. Taking a beach vacation or supplementing with 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 and using home grounding equipment is helpful. They should be aware that the more they are inside their home and out of touch with the Earth’s rhythms the more vulnerable they will be to stressors.
Chemical Stress Incinerates the Body:
Chemical stress comes in the form of bad nutrition and environmental toxicity. A diet high in sugar, trans-fats and industrialized meat is highly inflammatory. These food sources create massive cellular toxicity and damage the gut lining creating states of leaky gut syndrome that fire off major inflammatory reactions throughout the body. Follow an anti-inflammatory diet that is free of food allergens and is loaded with fermented foods to reestablish a healthy gut.
The ideal diet should focus on good fats as the primary calorie source in the form of coconut, avocados, olive oil and sprouted nuts and seeds. Clean animal protein in the form of grass-fed beef & bison, wild fish and organic poultry should be consumed regularly. The nutrition plan should feature phytonutrient rich vegetables and herbs and low-glycemic fruit like lemons and berries.
Uncorrected Physical Stress is Destructive
Physical stress has to do with poor spinal function and abnormal movement patterns. When an individual experiences some form of trauma such as a car accident, fall or contact sports the spine and nervous system become damaged. Poor posture patterns will also cause muscle imbalances and spinal subluxation patterns.
A sedentary lifestyle is extremely damaging to the physical body as are poor biomechanics in lifting, bending and walking. The more these bad biomechanical patterns are used the more uneven wear and tear the body experiences.
To effectively reduce physical stress it is essential to see a wellness based chiropractor to remove subluxations and restore good biomechanical and neurological patterns to the body. Rehabilitative exercises for the spine and extremities should be applied to restore balance and normal tone. A regular exercise program of resistance training that incorporates holistic movement patterns is vital to optimal physical health.