Shoulder pain and stress; exposing the myth of stress and shoulder pain.
By William D Charschan DC,CCSP Author Cheating Mother Nature, what you need to know to beat chronic pain, Medical Director USATF NJ.
After sitting for a while, do you wish someone could rub your shoulders? Do your shoulders burn after sitting for some time? Does your neck tighten up when you have deadlines to reach or is it cracking all the time when you move it?
Most people believe their problems are caused by stress, or that they hold their stress in their shoulders. While it is true that stress can cause your already tight muscles to tighten more due to certain hormones, it is not why you are uncomfortable. Stress merely takes what was tight already and makes it tighter.
Where does this sensation of tightness originate?
While the origin of neck tightness if counterintuitive, it begins in the pelvis. Most people are unaware of how important the pelvis is to the way we move and power our bodies. In the book Cheating Mother Nature, what you need to know to beat chronic pain, it explains how your core muscles and the pelvis work together and how most types of chronic pain including Fibromyalgia is really a misunderstanding of the effects of body asymmetry.
If the core is distorted, the pelvis does not properly disengage while sitting, causing the mid and upper back joints to strain as well as the ribs creating a sensation of tightness. Since quite a bit of motion in the neck comes from the mid and lower back joints, and because as much as 50% of the motion in our body traverses through our hips and pelvis, if this area is compromised, you will feel tightness in the neck and it will be constantly pulling and possibly painful.
Neck pain starts at the feet.
This is another counter intuitive concept that most people are unfamiliar with. Since body asymmetry is the cause of most neck and shoulder problems because of the way it affects our core and the way we walk, if you have one foot that works one way and the other works differently, you are most likely to have neck problems because an asymmetrical way of walking will distort the pelvis and result in tension in the neck.
Other sources of pain
Some of the foods you eat are inflammatory in nature. When you eat these foods including pasta, areas in your body that are in pain will tend to hurt worse. On the internet, you can research inflammatory foods and anti inflammatory diets and how they can help you live a healthier life and reduce your risk for heart attack as you get older.
What to do to get relief.
- Find a good chiropractor. The most effective practitioners are now using methods such as myofascial release, Active Release Techniques, Graston (instrument Assisted Soft Tissue). Today’s progressive chiropractors, especially those in the practice of sports injury, have moved away from the passive model of physiotherapeutic machines to Myofascial release and active care using exercises for the best outcome in the shortest amount of time.
- Wear off the shelf or custom orthotics – these add symmetry to an asymmetrical body style and even when you are sitting at your desk, you will feel a difference.
- Read Cheating Mother Nature, what you need to know to beat chronic pain available on Amazon.com.
- If you are local, visit our offices in Scotch Plains and North Brunswick NJ to get relief in as little as one visit. Explore our site at www.backfixer1.com.