Sarah Warren, a certified Clinical Somatic Educator, seeks to educate chronic pain sufferers about how to move properly. Warren explains that while poor posture and ingrained muscle patterns contribute to chronic pain, you can train your body to move differently and alleviate that pain. For example, you can make small adjustments such as carrying your purse on the opposite side of your body than you usually do. Or you can keep your computer screen at eye level and your wrists relaxed to avoid repetitive motions that can lead to pain.
A sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition contribute to chronic pain, which costs Americans billions of dollars.
People today live longer than ever but their modern lifestyle often means too little activity, poor nutrition and chemically deficient food. This leads to heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, autoimmune disorders, cancer, chronic pain, and the like. Western medicine treats the symptoms of these diseases but not the underlying causes. Drugs help manage chronic pain, but you shouldn’t have to rely on pain medication and surgery for relief. The way you move can cause pain – or relieve it.
At least 100 million Americans deal with chronic pain daily. Chronic pain costs the United States around $600 billion each year in terms of medical expenses, decreased productivity and missed work. Heart disease costs $317 billion, and cancer costs $125 billion annually. Chronic pain isn’t life threatening, so there’s less urgency toward finding solutions.
Many Americans have surgery to reduce chronic pain if drugs don’t work. Back pain is the most common chronic pain for Americans. Surgery is often expensive...