"Not Your Mother's Arthritis"...
The words jumped off of my computer screen at me. Admittedly, I was intrigued. Not my mother's arthritis?, I thought. What does that even MEAN?
As I read the article, the meaning became more and more clear. The author was insinuating that arthritis is typically a condition that "old people" get. However, they were quick to point out, the "age-of-attack" is becoming younger and younger.
According to the article:
About 54.4 million American adults have had a doctor diagnose them with painful joint inflammation and stiffness, according to the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vital Signs Report. That breaks down to about one in four adults in the nation."This is not your mother's arthritis," Acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat said. "Contrary to popular opinion, it is not an old person's disease."Aging baby boomers aren't the only ones who have it. The majority of current cases of arthritis -- 32.2 million -- are in people under age 65. Women have it more than men, and the number is particularly acute for diabetics, heart patients and those struggling with obesity. About 49.3% of people with heart disease have arthritis, 47.1% of diabetics and 30.6% of people who are obese.
QUESTION: What do you believe about your arthritis diagnosis?
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This week's post is written by Elliott Williams, a therapist in our Del Mar Headquarters. Be sure to follow him on Twitter!
Isn’t it funny that we’re always looking at what products our kids use? We pay special attention to what the ingredients are in their toothpaste, or what "extra" stuff is in their baby food. Are there any harmful products in the baby wash? Is there anything on this label that I shouldn't be putting in my child's body?
Yet at some point we stop caring as much, at least about ourselves. Many of us don't worry about what's in our food, or what we are putting in and on our body. If there are certain things that make us feel good, physically, nutritionally or otherwise, why would we stop doing them? Or on the other hand, if we continue to feel badly doing certain things, why would we continue to do them?
Most clients are coming in to our clinics looking at us to be the "expert" that they have been in search for after trying everything for their pain. Many have been to the best doctors and technicians in their area. I know that prior to walking through the clinic doors for my first appointment, I had done the exact same thing. I was looking to everyone else to "fix" me, when all along, the person staring back at me in the mirror was the only one who could do that. I should have been trusting and believing in myself, in my body, from the beginning. And the best part about that is, that I am no different than you. I have a different, height, weight and build for sure, but underneath I am the same person. I have the same bone structure, the same amount of muscles, joints and internal systems. This isn’t an article of how I did it and now you can, this is a story about how we need to take responsibility and when we do, GREAT things will come. Remember, your body knows best, you hold all the answers to your questions, internally and externally. It’s just time to get some help translating the signals that your body is sending you.
Egoscue is that translator, not only helping you understand what your body is telling you, but helping you understand what to do about it. We aren't the "expert" on your body...you are. We simply help interpret the signals your body is sending you. We help you bring balance back to the entire system. Everybody needs a little help here and there, everyone needs some direction, it is up to us, the individual to then stay the course and follow the direction that is given.
I am a Postural Therapist, and can tell you that we don't need to continually diet or be an extremist about what goes in or on our body, but to find moderation. Limit the bad things and increase the good things. And, drink more water than anything else you consume. It's a simple equation, really. You’ll find that inflammation will decrease, you will start to give your body the opportunity it craves to heal, to feel better, that I am sure of. Most importantly, MOVE your body. Muscles move bones, and bones make up the structure that hold all other systems in your body. Therefore if the muscles are not asked to move, the structure is compromised and everything internally is compromised as well.
Doing these things will also help setup the next wave, the next generation, taking them from a largely sedentary state to empowered and motivated. They'll be motivated to maintain health, motivated to inspire their generation. Let's all take a little more care for ourselves, and as Pete always says, with some fire, “DO YOUR MENU!”
QUESTION: What do you do that's good for you?
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