I arrived today at my little respite in the mountains after spending a few days with my wife’s family in Ohio. I just needed a few days of rest and recovery from an extremely stressful event. My wife and her sisters, and their family had just lost their Dad, the families’ Patriarch, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last weekend. My father-in-law, Roy, was someone I loved and respected. He was a very spiritual man, and his faith was unshakable. It occurred to me how much stress is imposed on us all, as we go through life’s many trial and tribulations. While they put up a pretty good front, the angst that everyone was dealing with was very evident.
Several family members had a variety of muscle and joint pains, headaches, body aches and such. Two others had even recently undergone major spinal neck surgery in the hopes of “fixing” their issues. I truly hope that it does. While contemplating all of this, and how people, including myself, deal with stress, I began thinking about what methods we use to combat the stress that ultimately falls on us all once in awhile.
Some turn to medications or drugs to bring relief. Others even wait until the pain from stress related issues becomes so unbearable that they turn to the surgeon’s knife to cut out the offending culprit. Those who know me personally would likely attest to my preference of more natural and non-invasive methods. Massage Therapy, moderate exercise (although admittedly some of my own workouts can occasionally be a bit more intense), stretching (both self directed and assisted), and even some forms of meditation have all been shown to positively manage stress without invasive or pharmaceutical means.
While I certainly feel that drugs and surgery have their deserved and respected place in our health-care system; I also believe that drugs and surgery, in that order, should be a second or even last resort when it comes to managing many of these ailments that are so often related to stress. Drugs often affect the entire body, not just a specific area. Side effects from them can be many, sometimes severe, and are very well documented. The cut from a surgeon’s knife, while sometimes unavoidable, is permanent. You cannot take it back. Sometimes the recovery from surgery is very lengthy, as you must heal from the surgery in addition to the original problem. And the reality is that not all surgeries are successful every time.
Massage Therapy and exercise (particularly weight training with a Personal Trainer) are fantastic ways of dealing with stress. During a Massage Therapy session, the massage therapists hands can help make the muscle and joint tightness associated with the stress feel as if it is actually melting away. Similarly, exercise has the effect of “burning off” the negative energy of stress. Almost as if the negative energy associated with the stress, is somehow converted, and utilized in a positive, constructive way to fuel the workout. Once it is burned off, the negative effect of the prior stress is often dramatically diminished, or even gone. Even something as simple as going for a long walk can be amazingly helpful.
I can promise you this… It is not a matter of whether you will ever feel the effect of stress. It is simply a matter of when. So don’t just suffer needlessly, and wish that there was something you could do about it. Take the first step. Start today.
If you have any specific questions about your particular situation, please feel free to contact me directly. I would be happy to give you a free, no strings, consultation. Just call, text or email me. Or better yet visit my website – http://www.yourquestforhealth.com