Like all other “invisible” illnesses, many of the patients we see with this type of chronic pain tell us they are disappointed in western medicine. There certainly are different types of so-called treatments used for chronic pain in our one-dimensional American system.
Beyond prescription painkillers, steroids and anti-depressant medications – that all involve Big Pharma – Western medicine has very little real results to offer patients in chronic pain by way of a long-term natural solution. The myofascial release therapy experts who have thoroughly studied about the fascia in depth are familiar in this field.
At Southwest Physical Therapy, we truly, deeply care about the wellness of every one of our patients in our care. In this blog, we explore how myofascial pain is stopped without the dangerous painkillers, steroid injections or other medications with horrible side-effects.
If you are suffering severe symptoms that accompany chronic pain, check out below and try these lifestyle changes that should positively help you improve your ongoing discomfort.
Top 4 Lifestyle Changes Recommended by Southwest PT
- Regular Exercises – Many people often talk of the importance of exercising. Yes, absolutely; physical activity, such as movement and use of the body, are essential for the smooth, healthy running or workings of our body and its physical mechanisms (rust, anyone?). However, it’s not just all about “go, move, and use your body aimlessly” (this too works as exercise, but like that you don’t get the maximum effects or results). Lack of physical activity is in the Top Three of culprits that give rise to most medical woes, both the simpler ones and the most serious and deadly ones. It is one of the frustrating common-denominator reasons why so many people frequently suffer myofascial pain. It is human nature that people just don’t get it until they have been there and suffered that. Ouch, it hurts!
Even walking has its benefits, including for your blood’s circulation.
Remember, we are flesh, not metal, so movement is vital and our body cannot heal without it. How to cross the gap from “movement that pains me” to ahhhhh! “movement that makes me feel better”? Well, as with most things, quality is king. So it’s more about quality of movement rather than quantity.
What makes the difference? It’s actually contingent on the situation and the individual person. We suggest you think in terms of smoothness instead of jerky, supported all the way through legs and feet – rather than collapsing and grasping the upper body – with balanced, whole-body integration instead of lopsided, disjointed or blocky pieces. This is a terrible comparison of an example but it makes so much sense: if you’ve been in the military or watched a lot of police movies, it’s like how when they show that a firearm should be discharged – pulling smoothly and not jerky. Same with our body in exercises and sports. Injuries such as pulled tendons and muscles are prevented by this. Good movements certainly help you feel surprisingly good! Or at least better. So be sure to remember that bad or awkward body movement habits can give rise to chronic pain.Therefore, improving body movement quality certainly pays off everytime, in both the short and long run.
- Posture – How do you support your body throughout the day? Are you having to twist to look at your laptop or computer monitor? Always walking with your head looking down at your feet? Myofascial pain centers around muscles and tends to materialize when posture is too poor, whether in sitting, standing or lifting. It’s not only about good movement alone, for there should also be balanced, coherent and whole body support from the ground up. In brief, a tight posture with excessive or forced effort is never better.
- Relaxation – Tension and stress undoubtedly are two factors that are key contributors of chronic pain conditions. Relaxation is the core of wellness and a true essence of a healthy body – a true indicator of health. An unhealthy body can never find peace and relaxation. Schedule fun activities in whatever form you prefer, since fun in any form always gives way to relaxation. Start your day with deep breathing exercises and try to find time for meditation, yoga, pilates, more deep breathing and quiet reflection, even if it’s in your evenings that you find time for such. You can even use myofascial release therapy for relaxation.
- Physical & Mental Health – Never forget that mental health is equally as important as physical health. Our emotional and mental state have a tremendous impact on our physical and overall health, including myofascial pain. Pent-up emotions, anxiety, and other everyday psychological stresses can solidify into chronic pain in our myofascial tissues and muscles. You need to seriously think about how to release those anchoring feelings.
Myofascial release therapy is like a magic super medicine, for it cannot be described any less, as it is an all-encompassing treatment that heals you physically, emotionally, as well as mentally. That’s because, apart from balancing the body in all three of those areas, it balances the body’s natural chemicals and signals, and releases stress, anxiety and tension. Who could ask for more?
Wouldn’t you too be interested in enjoying a blissful, pain-free life? Just reach out to us by calling Southwest Physical Therapy TODAY for your FREE phone consultation with our caring specialist. You’re just gonna love us and the benefits of myofascial release therapy!