Published on September 16, 2012
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At this time of year it is very easy to get overwhelmed as the kids go back to school, workload tends to increase, and the season changes from summer to autumn. This increased stress can cause our bodies to experience pain as stress has been linked to lower pain thresholds and tissue degradation.
By controlling three factors it will help combat stress and the onset of pain.
1. Exercising for at least thirty minutes a day
2. Eat healthy whole foods that are not processed
3. Sleeping for at least 7 to 8 hours a day
These strategies are simple and effective neck and pain prevention and rehabilitation tools that anyone can do.
With exercise you should focus on three days of walking or jogging for our cardiovascular, which will help with heart health, and twice a week doing strengthening exercises with weights or our own body weight. Strengthening exercises prevents us from losing muscle mass as we age and increase circulating levels of growth hormone and testosterone which keeps us our cells young.
Eliminating processed foods and eating a healthy diet prevents pre-diabetes or diabetes which is often a silent killer as it leads to many diseases that sometimes go unnoticed. High sugar and processed foods increase our likelihood of developing Type II diabetes which is our inability to control our blood sugar levels. This will lead to obesity, heart conditions, stroke, kidney problems and other organ failures. In addition, obesity will increase pressure on our joints.
A lack of sleep has also been associated with reduced pain and stress thresholds, lack of circulating growth hormone which repairs our tissues, and impaired cognitive function and weight gain. Lack of tissue recovery will cause our joints to wear and tear more easily. As well, lack of sleep will increase our hunger levels causing us to eat more and gain weight. It is important to have a supportive pillow and mattress to help combat sleep problems.
Reduce stress to your body by focusing on maintaining proper postural alignment throughout the day while you sleep, sit and move. Using ObusForme products can help you reduce your stress and optimize your health and performance.
Some products provide soothing relief like a shiatsu and vibration neck massager or a personalized massage seat that can be used in driving, at the office or at home.