Most of us create our own stress. Because deadlines don't produce stress. Debt doesn't produce stress. Traffic doesn't produce stress. And having to speak in public doesn't create stress. What causes these and countless other situations to be stressful is the "story" we make up to surround the deadline, the debt, the traffic and the presentation we have to give.Your imagination artfully embellishes these stories, making them threatening.
"If I'm late for the meeting I'll get fired, won't be able to pay my bills, I'll lose all my friends and find myself alone, living out of my car."
Silly, isn't it? And this, from someone who claims that they don't have a creative bone in their body!
Next time you find yourself feeling the symptoms of stress, consider these simple action steps:
- Breathe. Those who find themselves in a classic "fight or flight" situation often don't breathe properly. Their short, shallow breaths reduce the oxygen supply to the critical thinking portions of their brain, resulting in poor judgment and decision-making.
- Listen. What story are you creating? What "movie" is playing in your head? What unlikely outcome are you projecting into the future? What are you "making up" that is causing you to experience fear? Jettison these unhelpful film clips you're originating in your head in favor of simply stating the untainted facts about what is.
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Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).
The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.
The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.
In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.
Posted in chiropractic, Chiropractic News, Sciatica, sciatica treatment, Understanding Sciatica
- Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.
- Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.