Structural stressors may impact, challenge and threaten our musculoskeletal system which is the load bearing structure within us, providing our form, stability and movement. Our musculoskeletal system serves as a scaffold by providing support and protection for the soft tissues that make up the rest of our body. By far, the main purpose of this system is to provide protection for our central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and vital organs, such as the heart and lungs. It is also the structure that provides the support and attachment for our arms and legs.
When we are exposed to structural risk factors, our body begins to fatigue. As fatigue outruns our body’s recovery system, structural stressors start to evolve. Over time, as fatigue continues to outrun recovery and the structural stressors persist, musculoskeletal disorders (an increasing healthcare issue globally, currently being the second leading cause of disability), neurological and degenerative conditions as well as cognitive/emotional problems may develop.
FACT: About 1 in 2 U.S. adults has a musculoskeletal disorder, costing an estimated $213 billion each year in treatment and lost wages, according to a report from the United States Bone and Joint Initiative.
Chronic conditions that may result from a perpetual state of structural stress may include: musculoskeletal disorders (carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondylitis, tendinitis, back pain, tension neck syndrome, hand-arm vibration syndrome), degenerative skeletal/neurological diseases/conditions, depression, irritability, etc.
Major structural stressors may include:
- Structural misalignment
- Limited mobility
- Improper spinal posture
- Chronic aches/pain
These stressors may result from bio-mechanical load (determined by magnitude, repetition, and duration), occupational and psychosocial factors (high job demands, low social support, overall job strain, improper posture, repeated exposure to vibration), sudden exertion (lifting a heavy object), acute traumatic events such as accidents/injuries (old and new), improper or insufficient movement routine, and biochemical stressors.
Once you identified your stressors, it’s time to de-stress to unleash your natural health… here are a few ideas on how to resolve your structural stressors and navigate your way back to natural health and optimal wellbeing:
- Resolve bio-mechanical load
- Manage occupational and psychosocial factors
- Implement a proper movement/exercise routine
- Seek professional help (Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Rolfing, Feldenkreis, etc)
- Resolve biochemical stressors (since they may be impacting your structural integrity too)
To learn more about how to improve your movement routine as well as how to manage inflammation naturally, please refer to GET EMPOWERED and My Wellbeing Compass Blog.
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