Why Your Comfort Impedes Your Progress
Hi everyone, Jason here!
I’ve come to the realization that in the online world we’ve come to evolve into, it’s easy to read a lot of differing viewpoints, but more often than not, we don’t check the credentials of who’s writing and whether or not it’s opinion or factual based. What has come from this, is the idea of my new long form posts. I write in hopes of teaching you all from both personal and professional experience and intend to do so often.
Often, patients come in with pain, seeking relief, and many times we are their last resort. They’ve “tried everything,” but not Chiropractic care out of fear or out of confusion. To put it simply, Chiropractic care addresses the root cause of dysfunction within the spinal subluxation. Subluxation is when individual or multiple vertebrae are out of alignment. This misalignment causes nerve irritation which inevitably leads to a disconnect from brain to body communication.
When you have a subluxated spinal column, you have altered your sensory input, which in return creates change in the motor output usually in the form of varying symptoms that include but aren’t limited to muscle spasms, weakness, tightness, pain, and/or numbness.
In addition, you can have a variety of symptoms such as feeling disconnected, tired, overly stressed, or not being able to “bounce back,” from a variety of activities like you used to.
This is where I have found the patients and individuals trying to employ the quick fix for the scenario. You take some medicine, get a massage to work out the kinks, and stretch, but nothing seems to quite do what it needs to. By no means am I dissuading you from getting or doing any of these things, there’s time and place for all of them, however, the point of concern is when the underlying cause is not addressed.
Think of the difference between problems vs. symptoms like this-distal mobility is allowed through central and proximal stability and flexibility. Think about that one for a moment.
When using this to study spinal flexibility and stability of the lumbar spine, we have seen time and time again that it provides great hip mobility as well. So reversing that, when the lumbar spine is stiff, rigid and inflexible and/or unstable, this generates tremendous hip problems, such as tightness and pain.
This is where the idea of comfort comes into play, and not just in the body, but also in life in general. Seeking comfort usually attracts more challenges due to the lack of movement or lack of progress. This applies to not only a chiropractic sense, but also life holistically. When you seek challenge, or an area of change, you tend to attract ease. That ease can be portrayed in the body through mental calmness, increased mental or physical flexibility, and better mobility.
Take that same example of distal mobility coming from core stability and flexibility and apply it to relationships-the more solid and understanding (flexible) a relationship is, committed to it’s core values but flexible in it’s approach, the more freedom each person has to be themselves, ie mobility.
Accept that your body thrives when you challenge it. The challenge is not always physical though, your mental challenges are just as important for continued growth. This is the idea behind the universal principle of health, healing, and organization.
My friends, suffering is something I’d never wish on anyone. But self-imposed suffering is something we together can fix. If you are looking for what feels good instead of what corrects the issue/problem/challenge then your progress will continue to stagnate and the suffering will remain idle unless acted upon.
Wishing you the very best. Until next time!