By: Rita Olufowoshe
Wherever you are in your health and wellness journey, you are not alone. It’s not too late to make lifestyle changes that can heal generational diseases, stress, substance abuse, obesity and chronic pain that prevent you from doing what you love.
In my 25 years in the health and wellness industry, I have seen many back pain and migraine sufferers who have embraced natural therapies and remedies such as massage therapy, detoxification, aromatherapy, herbs, chiropractic, acupuncture, healthy eating, exercise and using the right supplements to heal or manage chronic aches and pain.
Back pain and headaches are the most common chronic pain that emotionally and physically incapacitate people. We all have one pain or another, which is a good thing; it means the body is working. Chronic pain, however, such as lower-back pain, can be agonizing, leaving people feeling helpless and depressed. It can also have a profoundly negative impact on a person’s quality of life, preventing individuals from doing what they love. Modifying your diet and adding regular massages to your routine can provide relief in a natural, holistic approach.
Back pain may be caused by muscular problems, misaligned disk issues or bone-thinning diseases. But the major contributor to back pain is living an unhealthy lifestyle. Damaging habits like poor posture cause pain overload, which can result in chronic back pain, nerve compression and loss of range of motion. Poor posture can also cause spinal misalignment conditions such as lordosis (exaggerated lumbar curvature, causing a hollow in the spine), kyphosis (thoracic curvature, producing a hump) and scoliosis (lateral curvature of the spine).
Headaches are a slightly different chronic beast and can be classified as either tension, cluster or migraine headaches. Many people suffer from tension headaches, which start at the back of the neck simply as a dull pain. Tension headaches may result from muscle contractions due to poor posture, poor diet, spinal misalignment, stress, anxiety, lifestyle or environmental factors. Cluster headaches are caused by vascular issues concentrated around the eyes. This class of headaches may produce tears and facial flushing. Triggers for migraines include stressful work and home lives, food allergies or a hormone imbalance. Migraine headaches can be devastating and can affect a person’s ability to function on a daily basis.
You are what you eat and, consequently, you are what you absorb. What you eat, drink and absorb from the environment can hinder your body’s cleansing and healing abilities. Therefore, eating foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats and foods rich in fiber will aid in digestion and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Also, a detoxification can be done in order to expel the toxins you have absorbed.
For a proper body detoxification, a professional therapy such as the EB Pro detoxification system or infrared sauna is highly recommended. These are effective ways to detoxify and remove heavy metals from the body. The benefits of cleansing the body of toxins include reducing inflammation, relieving chronic pain, overcoming disease, expediting injury recovery, boosting immune function, reducing fluid retention, relieving headaches, boosting energy levels, improving sleep and increasing blood circulation.
In addition to a good diet and detoxification, massage therapy can be used to relieve stress and pain, loosen tense muscles and reduce stress hormone production. As well, regular massages can help reduce emotional and physical stress, aid in sleep quality and relax the mind to relieve pain.
A true lifestyle change requires total commitment for optimal health. You can start today with simple lifestyle choices, like eating healthier, exercising frequently, living a joyful life and avoiding unhealthy habits. Get your life back through healthy living and enjoy renewed energy and vitality, pain-free living and an extended life expectancy.
Disclaimer: This article is for your information only. It is neither a diagnosis nor prescription.
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