Unlock the potential of wellness with these hard fought for hacks.
Getting straight to the point, here are a few wellness hacks that can get quick results with the following issues. Naturally, the longer road of wellness, as laid out in our combat of wellness section, will take time and more importantly, continually building habits over short-term sprints or unhealthy “solutions.”
As mentioned elsewhere, nothing on this website may be construed as advice and as always we recommend people act based on their own research.
The Secret Behind Pain
This concept is important to understand before you can understand some of the other wellness hacks on this page. Clearly, massage therapy is not the only specialist that looks at pain. In fact, it's best to first check with your doctor for chronic pain that you may have, especially pain on any surface of your body that doesn't seem to get worse when you press it. After your doctor has examined your chronic pain, is then safest for a massage therapist and chiropractor to take a deeper look.
The points that our muscles attach to our bones were never meant for chronic tension which will usually lead to inflammation in that area is the body tries to heal itself but when that fails, and it often does, the now chronic inflammation will then weaken our tendons and ligaments that hold our tight muscles in place… making their job harder and harder over time and possibly requiring calcification as a last ditch effort to solve the pain... Which seems to lead to countless medications and specialists that can only hope to "maintain the symptoms of aging” and building cases facing acceptance and hopelessness of their pathology, as well as a lack of faith in the entirety of western medicine.
Despite physical therapist doing their best to make videos and resources to help people learn how to fight pain with motion, this is largely one of the most overlooked sources of healing in our world. The second most, massage therapy, is not necessarily because of unsupported profit motives, but because there are simply too few massage therapists were expert enough to create lasting difference in singular appointments. When the average person hears “you’re going to need 3 to 4 appointments per week for six weeks, and hopefully your pathology should improve”- it makes the entire profession of massage therapy look weak.
As a practical example, many FedEx workers suffer from back pain and their doctors recommend they change careers, prescribed opioids and eventually recommend surgery. But if we take a deeper look, we see a different picture and a better solution we’ve largely missed. As a physical therapist will tell you, the reason our muscles were becoming hypertonic and chronically painful was because they simply weren't strong enough for the abuse that life needed to lay upon them. To me, that means that the focus should be on making those muscles stronger than that which life demanded of them.
The secret behind pain, then, largely becomes due to the fact of lack of corrective exercise and motion, which also happens to be the only common denominator between people that have lived the longest across our world. Many of us fear the potential of getting hurt out there in the world when the truth is that lack of motion causes far more pain, through atrophy, that begins to overload our healthcare system with chronic pathologies. Critics may say this leads to far more income yet economists can point to a phenomena that as we get better at something, more and more people will seek out that thing. And as a healthcare system becomes more and more effective by partnering with massage therapy, then more and more people come out of the woodwork’s as our society slowly increases its blueprint at which it calls homeostasis, or healthy.
I’ve worked on several FedEx workers who, after receiving effective massage to deal with the built up scar tissue that they had, found themselves better able to focus on deadlifts, lower back work and back work, as guided by their physical therapists, and soon found they no longer had back pain. Two of which got their doctors okay to cancel scheduled surgeries.
(Back pain from large breasts)
As another example, women with large breasts often have serious back pain, and usually to the point that affects their ability to work and succeed in life. Following the same principle, we know that they have some postural back work to do. A large number of pregnant mothers will also experience serious back pain during pregnancy, do to the increased weight to their front. They may also find it beneficial to build up their postural muscles and back muscles ahead of time, and work very carefully with their doctor and physical therapist as they naturally will have to ease off of any arduous work and instead focus on gentle toning or water work, if anything.
Pain then is not something that we have to live with, but just like stress, is nothing more than a check engine light. While staying in communication with our doctors, pain is simply a cry from our body that attention is needed. We may think we don't have the energy or the time… without realizing the vast quantities of time that we’re already losing from lack of focus, energy and that chronic reminder that things are not all right with us which, arguably, could also become a small factor in some of our costly inactivity or decisions in error.
From now on, should you notice any pain in your body, find out how to exercise it, gently challenge it. Which leads us to...
Migraines / Headaches
There is a host of potential causes for migraines and headaches that Western doctors should first check for. Then, a very large percentage of this pain may be caused by our neck muscles that have become too tight from stress or lack of exercise/atrophy.
A simpler exercise a physical therapist taught me is essentially lying on the bed sideways with our head off of it and gently moving it in circles, then lying on our back and stomach. Basically on each side of our body to gently work and strengthen our neck muscles. But these exercises will be naturally hard to do without seeing an effective massage therapist who uses steam towels and precision hot stones. The reason is that because of all of the fascia that interweaves throughout our muscles can get tight and without first warming it up, along with our muscles, then it will be hard-pressed to make any permanent gains as ones pathology them quickly become "something you live with."
For some, neck exercises alone will not be enough to free them entirely, but at the very least it will greatly help to lower their pain levels. The problem with our culture is that we too often will look for singular cures for complex problems… and I hope this website helps you better put those puzzle pieces together.
100% of the clients that have come to us presenting with migraines and headaches found 90% reductions of their pain within a few appointments potentially due to our work on hypertonic neck and back muscles.