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Posted on 10 October 2021 by Anna Souroullas
Tags: chiropractic, day, health, is, lifestyle, mental, pain, world

What effect can pain have on your mental health?

Pain can affect your mental health in more ways than you might realise.

When you can’t do the things you love and enjoy, it can be frustrating, and not being able to do the simple things, like tying your shoes, can be terrifying. It can leave you feeling trapped, like there’s no hope, and that nothing will ever help.

All of your energy gets channelled into finding a way to cope with the pain; it’s all you can think about. 

There is scientific evidence to support the idea that persistent pain can negatively affect your cognitive ability because of the way it triggers changes in your brain’s systems. Pain is a survival signal for the brain. This triggers your body’s fight or flight response, which changes the brain physically and chemically. If the pain was temporary, all these changes that happen would go back to normal, but this is different if the pain is chronic.

If the pain persists, the changes that have happened in the brain last for longer, which, over time, leads to real psychological changes. This can affect your brain’s function and trigger changes in your behaviour over time. 

The natural response of your body is to try and escape the pain, hence the fight or flight response, but with chronic pain this isn’t possible. This might cause feelings of anxiety. Even when the pain might not be there, you might feel anxious about if the pain is going to come back. You might even start to restrict your movements and what you do in your daily life to limit the chance of the pain returning.

Your body is incredibly intelligent. It will always find a way to let you know when it needs that extra support. That’s what it’s doing when you experience pain. Being in pain isn’t what any of us want, but it’s the last sign that our body gives us to tell us something isn’t right.

Chiropractic is a great way of providing your body with the support it needs to start to heal and restore itself. It removes the interference and blockages in your spine to make sure your body can function as highly as possible, which also helps it to deal with stresses of everyday life.

We treat all our patients like we treat our loved ones; we don’t just want to get them to a point where their pain might come back. We want to take them that one step further where they’re moving towards wellness, and they are confident in their bodies and health.

You don’t need to feel like you’re alone in this.

We are dedicated to helping people like you to get out of pain, and to keep you out of pain in the future so that you can lead a healthier, fuller life. Chiropractic care has been proven to help with different types of pain, but it can do so much more for your health.

You sometimes don’t realise how long you’ve been dealing with pain and tension, and how much this affects your mental health. A lot of people think that niggles, aches and pains are normal as you get older, but that’s not the case. Click here to read more about why aches and pains aren’t inevitable as you get older.

You are healthy when you are thinking well, eating well, and moving well. If you’re not in pain, then you dedicate less energy to managing your pain, so you can move better and focus on other things that you enjoy. This then means you’ll start to think more positively and are more inclined to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Your body can also dedicate more dedication to other functions and processes without you even knowing, which means you might even see improvements in other areas that you might not have expected. It could be that you notice that you can do something again that you didn’t realise you couldn’t do before, like bending over to tie your shoe laces rather than resting your foot on something to be able to tie your laces.

This will take time.

Chiropractic isn’t a quick fix, and neither is anything else. When you have pain, in particular severe pain, it has taken a long time to get to that point. It doesn’t happen overnight, even if sometimes it might seem like it. 

Your pain might have you feeling trapped right now, or you might not be seeing the progress you were hoping for with your chiropractic journey yet, but you won’t be in this position forever.

Not everyone’s healing journey is the same, there might be bumps in the road. Be open minded, be patient, and most importantly, don’t lose hope.

Posted on 18 October 2021 by Anna Souroullas
Tags: Back Pain, chiropractic, goals, Headaches, Health, healthier, healthy, mindfulness, Pain, Pain Relief, Wellbeing

Nothing ever happens in the future, it happens in the present

I’m sure we can all agree that we often put things off and say “I’ll try that tomorrow”, or “I’ll start Monday” even if today is Monday. We’re all guilty of doing it at some point. Sometimes there are genuine reasons behind this, but most of the time it’s because we can’t be bothered, or we don’t know how to take that first step.

As Eckhart Tolle said “Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.” If you think about it, the future never arrives. The action that we take always happens in the present moment.

We can’t control the past or the future, but we can control what action we take in the present. If we focus on the present, then we have a greater sense of control and calm as we aren’t trying to control anything that is beyond our reach, only what we can change now. If we accept what we have been given in the present as if we had chosen it ourselves, and then act upon this, it can completely change your outlook on your life. 

When we think about the future, it can make us feel anxious or scared. We worry what will happen to our careers if we can’t work because of our pain, or we’re scared of how much worse the pain might be. We can make choices that will influence the future, but pain can make us feel like we’re stuck. 

If we want our lives to change, we have to take that first step. If we look too far in the future it can leave us distracted, but we should focus on what we can do to change the situation we are in now. There has never been a better time than now to take that step to start on your journey to reclaiming your health. If you start today, you are one step ahead than if you start tomorrow or next week.

The past and future can help us to make decisions in the present. If we set a goal of where we want to be, like being able to get back to doing that hobby we love, then this can help us to make decisions that move us towards reaching this goal. 

Notice the small things that you might not have been able to do before, like how much easier it is to bend over and tie your shoelaces, or being able to walk to the local shop rather than drive. This might have been something you hoped to be able to do in the future, but now you can do that in the present. 

Being consistent with what decisions you are making in the present to move towards health and wellness is what we should all be doing. Chiropractic isn’t a quick fix, it takes time for your body to heal and restore itself. The sooner you start to take steps that will get you out of pain, keep you out of pain, and move you closer towards wellness, the sooner you can get back to being your best self again. 

So, next time you feel out of control, stuck, or anxious about the situation you are in, take the time to think “what can I do now to change this?” and act now, in the present.

Posted on 25 October 2021 by Anna Souroullas
Tags: Back Pain, chiropractic, goals, Headaches, Health, healthier, healthy, mindfulness, Pain, Pain Relief, Wellbeing

Your spine is extremely important, here's why

Your spine plays such an important role in your health. 

It protects your spinal cord, which plays a huge part in your nervous system, so that signals between your brain and body are more efficient. There are 31 pairs of spinal nerves and roots, 120 muscles attached to it, and 100 different joints to make it as flexible as possible. This helps to make sure everything is working as it should and functions at its optimal level.

Take using a knife and fork as an example. If the signals didn’t get interpreted correctly, your muscles wouldn’t work together so that you could cut into the food, or lift your fork to your mouth as easily even though it’s something you’re so used to doing. 

Your spine is so complex and that’s why it’s important to take care of its health.

Our lifestyles place stress on our spines and bodies. Sometimes they struggle to cope when there are too many stressors. Your nervous system helps your body to regulate and restore itself whenever it comes into contact with stressors or toxins. When they start to build up, that’s when subluxations (blockages in the spine) start to develop.

Chiropractors find blockages and interferences in your spine so they can correct them with adjustments (a controlled, specific force to a spinal joint). This helps your body to return back to working at its optimal level as the signals can be transmitted and interpreted clearly, so, things like healing processes can start working as it should again. This is why you might see a reduction in pain; your body has started to fix the root cause.

Lower back pain affects around 540 million people at any one time, with 80% of people likely to suffer with back pain in their life. If we know that our spine is important, and we know that our lifestyles place stress on it, then why aren’t more of us being proactive about supporting our spines as best we can?

Consistent chiropractic care helps to reduce the impact of stressors on your body, which helps to minimise the chance of issues in the future. Our bodies show us that they’re under too much stress and struggling to cope through pain. It takes a long period of time for pain to express itself and there have often been warning signs before this, like a little niggle every now and then, or not being able to perform as well in the gym as you used to.

That’s why it’s important to get your spine checked regularly by a Chiropractor (at least every three months). Being proactive and preventing pain is much more effective than reacting to pain, both for your physical and mental health.

When you can’t physically do the things you love and enjoy anymore, or if you feel that you can’t handle another day in pain, it can be hard to see a way out. By getting a regular spinal check-up, it helps to catch any changes early before it gets to this point. This makes it much easier to restore your health back to where it was, rather than if this was going on for a longer period of time.

Even our daily lives put stress on our bodies. Caffeine, work stress, alcohol, smoking, being sat for long periods of time, all do. Again, by getting adjusted regularly, it reduces the impact on your body as it can cope better with combatting whatever is causing it stress.

Your spine is central to your health and needs extra attention. You wouldn’t wait until your tooth was rotting to go to the dentist, you go for regular checkups. The same should apply to seeing a Chiropractor to catch problems with your spine. It’s so much easier to retain your health than regain your health. 

Our expert team of Chiropractors are always on hand for a consultation to see how we can help you. It’s never too late to start taking better care of your spine.

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