Stress Strain Syndrome

W. L. Bateman said, “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.”

This is particularly true if you participate in an activity, bet it employment or sports, where you have to keep doing the same thing over and over. People who are hunched over a patient or a computer or a vehicle engine, continually doing the same things over and over, develop sore muscles. They have aches, which eventually turns into pain. They “favor” the part that hurts, which creates more tension, which creates more pain. It’s called a stress-strain syndrome. Stress on the muscles brings strain, which brings pain, which brings more stress, and so forth.

The sufferer usually remedies the situation with pain pills, which disguises the pain. Continued use of pills over time can cause liver and kidney damage as well as bring on cluster headaches.

It’s a vicious circle.

An effective way to break the cycle is to get a massage. A massage therapist can focus on the affected areas and break up the adhesions that cause the pain and stress. But, following the above quote, if you go back to doing what caused the problem in the first place, you will return to the same pain. Unless you are willing to quit doing what you’ve always done (who wants to give up a career?), you’ll still have pain. So it really is in your best interests to invest a few dollars a month in the benefits of regular massage.

If you schedule a massage on a regular basis, regardless of whether or not you are experiencing pain, you will be able to stay ahead of the pain and prevent the pain and the need to take pills. My clients have found that coming in once a month is the absolute minimum that accomplishes this goal. Twice a month is even better.

And here’s another quote that your grandmother probably told you: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Call your massage therapist today for an ounce of prevention. You’ll thank me later.

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