When I meet new clients for the first time I go through a full medical history. And one of the things that scares me is just how many of them are taking well over the prescribed dosage of painkillers. As well as that, many are taking them on a regular basis so much so that it has become a routine in the morning to take their painkillers just as if they were taking a multivitamin.
The side effects of taking these tablets on a regular basis and/or above the recommended dosage are scary. And many of which there is no coming back from such as liver damage.
Now I completely understand that taking the painkillers wouldn't be happening if you weren't in pain.
But quite often the cause is usually from our lifestyle. We sit too much. We eat too much processed foods. We suffer with chronic stress. We don't sleep well (or enough) and we run the candle at both ends. All these things can contribute to pain.
So yes by all means look at your biomechanics (that's what this page is all about after all) but you also need to look at the bigger picture. You need to loot at your lifestyle as a whole. Not just one part of it but the whole thing.
And start with small changes.
- Drink more water
- Eat less processed foods
- Move more
- Get a regular bedtime routine and stick to it
- Learn to de-stress whether that's by journaling, meditating or reading a book
- Say no to things you really don't want to do
- Get a massage
But above all, ask for help. Put your vanity in the drawer, and tell someone what's going on. I get that you're scared. I get that you don't want to show your weakness. But believe it or not, asking for help is the greatest form of courage there is.