Welcome to the final part of my seven blog series on the 7 biggest posture mistakes. The biggest posture mistake this time is giving up. In other words, not persisting during pain. If you want to review the previous posts on posture mistakes, they are as follows:
Here is the deal.
The posture of a person is pretty much dependent on the spine; because when it is aligned properly the body is able to maintain straightness from head and down to hips, knees and feet.
Advancements in biological sciences have enabled doctors to treat posture problems. Today a patient can use many ways for conquering the pain due to back issues; however results are not sometimes quick during the treatment. Thus, some people decide to leave the treatment for their back misalignment which is a mistake.
One should not lose hope just because of the pain during posture treatment. Following are some ways to conquer pain and emerge as a healthy person. In other words, 5 ways to persist during pain.
1. Relax and Meditate
This is what you need to know. The body works in entirety. It’s an ecosystem. If you are not relaxed then the pain is going to increase. In depression and tension the muscles of the body get stiff, probably due to an initiation of the sense of fight and flight. Meditation is one technique which can keep certain hormones in control which in return would relax your muscles.
2. Fight off Stress
Stress of work triggers stiffness in muscles. This can lead to an increased pain; therefore it’s important to fight off stress. Anger, emotions and other negative feelings can lead to an increased sense of pain. Attempt to reduce stress by doing what you like, such as listening to music, playing computer games or reading books.
3. Find Support Group
It’s human nature to get inspiration from the struggles of others. Hence finding a support group can help you conquer back pain during the treatment. When a patient is with people who have gone through back pain then he or she feels less alone which results in lesser depression and anxiety. Also, meeting those who have conquered their back can be empowering.
4. Eat Supportive Diet
Diet makes up around half of the treatment, and that makes it pretty important. Eating a healthy diet which might support the on-going treatment is one way to conquer pain. Minerals such as sodium and potassium are directly linked with muscular activity; therefore a balanced intake is advised. Similarly other aspects of diet should be considered. Subsequently, a healthy diet must be taken.
Check out this interesting nugget from an earlier post about finding hope while suffering from chronic pain. Former trainer for The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels , talks about her experience managing chronic pain.. “She has said that while she used to suffer from debilitating abdominal pain, she found that eating a diet that includes, among other things, organic foods and non-processed soy and exercising regularly have helped alleviate her symptoms.”
5. Talk to Doctor
Many times back-pain patients are shy to talk to their doctor and as a result they keep their doctor out of the loop. That’s always a bad idea. In case you are not getting the required relief from pain, then it’s in your best interest to talk to your doctor. He or she might suggest some exercises which might help you reduce pain, since exercise releases certain endorphins.
Here are some additional tools that I think will help you maintain hope while you fight to overcome your pain. firstly, is a song, “hope”, penned by Natasha Bedingfield and a writing team made up of Matt Robinson, David Saw and Ryan Freeman.
Hope is described on their Youtube video as “a soulful and inspirational song written to empower women and lift the stigma that surrounds mental health. As someone who works in the mental health field I relate strongly to the song. That said, I think its message can apply to anyone who is also struggling to manage physical pain.
Inspired by the Great Depression, this chilled classic song features a Peter Gabriel’s description of absolute despair on one hand and Kate Bush’s solace-filled words of hope and encouragement.
“Don’t give up / ‘Cause you have friends / Don’t give up / You’re not beaten yet”
This is one of my favorite songs by Peter Gabriel. “The song was inspired by the Depression-era photographs of Dorothea Lange, showing poverty-stricken Americans in Dust Bowl conditions. Gabriel saw Lange’s images in a 1973 book titled In This Proud Land. He felt that a song based on this was wholly appropriate to difficult economic conditions in England under Margaret Thatcher. He composed lyrics within a situation about a man whose unemployment causes stress in his domestic relationship. The verses, sung by Gabriel, describe the man’s feelings of isolation, loneliness and despair; the choruses, sung by Bush, offer words of hope and encouragement.”
Credit: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Not only is it powerful and moving but it has also saved lives. For example one listener in the comments section states:
“When I first heard this song, I was driving in my truck when it came on the radio. I had to pull over. I leaned my head downward and sobbed. It saved me from committing suicide! Thank you Peter and Kate! Your song saved my life!”
The Movie Rocky
This story of a man, who from a ‘nobody’ becomes a ‘somebody’ is truly an all-time inspiring watch.
Let’s talk more about the movie Rocky. Think about the two scenes where Rocky runs up the museum stairs. In the first scene he struggles and can’t do it. In the second scene, during the “Gonna Fly Now” training sequence, he runs up them triumphantly.
Truth is, you’re kind of in that same situation right now, because you are perhaps having a hard time persisting during pain. But you have the advantage because you have learned 5 ways to persist during pain. So get out there and don’t give up too soon when it comes to fixing your posture problem. I hope you have found this series on posture mistakes helpful.