We are now focusing on our physical stressors, more simply known as traumas. In October we focused on chemical stressors, aka toxins. In November we focused on mental stressors, aka thoughts. For the last month of the year we are focusing on the third and final T!
Macro and microtraumas are the physical stressors we experience. This ranges from car accidents, sports injuries, hard falls, and surgery to postural habits, exercise and movement routines, and workplace ergonomics. This is the stressor most of us have a grasp on, because these are the things that will cause us to feel the most discomfort and tension in our body.
So, what can a person do to minimize their physical stress? Well, we can't predict when major trauma like a car accident is going to occur, but we do have control over our microtraumas. Case in point: what is your posture like right now as you're reading this?
Text neck is a real syndrome we see! Take a look around you when you're out in public and observe the people you see looking at their phones. How far forward is their head? Now imagine doing that multiple times a day, every day, for your entire life?! That's microtrauma, repetition of a small stressor that adds up over time.
Body awareness of your microtraumas is the first step towards reducing this stress on your body. So, as you're reading this, straight up your spine, pull your head back over your shoulders, plant your feet flat on the floor, and take in a nice big belly breath. There! You're already on your way to reducing your physical stress!
In health and wellness,
P.S. Due to text neck, chiropractors are actually starting to find people are growing what looks like a tiny little horn on the base of their skull, due to their bodies trying to stabilizing the forward head posture. How crazy is that?! Your body is so intelligent! But also, don't let it grow a horn either!