Back Pain

Back pain affects 80% of Americans at some point in their life. Constant back pain affects your energy level, enthusiasm for life, and ability to think. Nearby muscles hold tension in their efforts to turn off the pain. Movement and stillness both become challenging and uncomfortable at best. In times of back pain, many of us are looking for both the cause and ways to make it stop! Luckily, Zen and Vitality has many non-pharmaceutical options for you to utilize in your journey away from back pain.

Pain can change you, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a bad change. Take that pain and turn it into wisdom. ~ Unknown

Joovv Light Therapy

Stand or wiggle around in front of the sunshine-like Joovv lights and you will feel the body tension melt away. Your body will build collagen which changes the composition of your fascial system and makes you stronger. Every cell within you will receive a boost of energy as your mitochondria work more efficiently to power you. Listen to a recorded meditation during your session and the combination reduces your stress level. Blood circulation improves which brings increased healing to all parts of the body. Your brain and body will both feel better after a mere 10 minutes! Read more at Grasping for Objectivity

Infrared Sauna

Zen and Vitality’s Infrared Sauna heats the body from the inside out using Far Infrared Light which goes deep enough through your skin to reduce chronic pain and inflammation. Heat increases blood flow. More blood flow means more healing everywhere within the body. Low back pain can stem from the hips, shoulders, head, jaw, and even your feet when you walk. Soaking the entire body in an Infrared Sauna addresses the sources throughout the body that result in back pain. Read more at Dr Will Cole

Movement – Pilates & Yoga

Balanced core strength is an important factor in reducing and eliminating back pain. Stretching and loosening tight places is also crucial to reducing back pain. Pilates exercises target your core muscles and control above all else. When you research Pilates and back pain, most articles advise that you choose an instructor trained in dealing with low back pain. You have found one! My Pilates classes always provide the optimal challenge level for each participant independent of the others in the class. Yoga provides the opportunity to move your whole body gently, releasing tension throughout. The slow deep breathing of yoga calms your nervous system thereby reducing pain. Which one should you choose? Both! Read more from Cleveland Clinic and Harvard Health

Fascial Movement

Your fascial system is how your body holds tension. Tension is needed to move your bones. Tension is required to hold you together! We need tension, but too much creates pain. Your fascial system is also your sensory network. It holds your emotions, registers pain, and has its own nerve endings. A happy fascial system sends feel good messages to the brain instead of pain messages. A fascial movement class is all about stimulating the release of unwanted tension, generating tension where it is needed, calming the senses, and making the body and brain agree that you feel good! Try one and you will find that your pain faded and you felt great during and after! Read more from Hopkins Medicine

We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. ~ C.S. Lewis

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