The past few months have been a challenge to us all. Our lives have been turned upside down and questions about the future abound. For many of us this means physical changes as well. Millions of Americans are now working from home, sitting at their dining room table or kitchen counter trying to get work done while simultaneously helping their kids understand their schoolwork. Sure many of us have started walking more, but we also are spending more time in front of the TV endlessly scrolling through Netflix looking for something else to binge. Aside from the mental stress that all of the COVID changes have placed on us, physical stress has played a role on our well-being as well. Often times when we think of injuries, we tend to think of single events that made us feel the way we feel. What we often overlook are the minor stresses we go through every day that build up over time and end up causing us pain and discomfort. Our work desk at the office might be ergonomically designed, but sitting cross-legged on our bed filling out reports on our laptop lacks any of the support our bodies need to stay healthy. A single day or even a few days of work like this is typically no big deal, but how about a few weeks or months? When we couple physical stress with emotional and psychological stress we put ourselves on the fast track for fatigue, stiffness, discomfort, and injury. Have you caught yourself feeling more tired than usual even though you haven’t done much all day? Are your shoulders and neck a little stiffer than they should be? Are you experiencing any headaches or pain?
At Peterson Family Chiropractic, we specialize in alleviating these negative symptoms. We take the time to evaluate how you got to this point and formulate a plan to not only get you back to where you want to be, but to stay there and even progress further. Sometimes just stretching isn’t enough. Sometimes telling ourselves to sit up straight isn’t enough. Sometimes we need that little extra nudge and some fine-tuned care to make a lasting change.
These times are hard on all of us. We can’t always control our work and social environments, but we can adapt to them. If you’re feeling even the slightest bit off there is a likelihood that something bigger is at play. Why make life harder than necessary, we may have to endure quarantine and its many challenges, but that doesn’t mean we have to suffer in pain or discomfort as well.