Listen to Your Body’s Alarm System

Listen to Your Body's Alarm System

Pain is simply your body trying to get your attention. Something is injured or not functioning quite right.  AN ALARM SYSTEM if you will.

The question is, “should I just ride this out or ask for help?”  All too often the answer is, “let’s ride it out”.

And that’s appropriate for most aches and pains but it’s wise to HONE YOUR SKILLS so you can avoid unnecessary medical expenses, prolonged pain, low productivity, and the low emotional state that can come with all of those things.

Here are a few situations to which you should PAY CLOSE ATTENTION and get evaluated by a physician quickly. Consider urgent care.

  • Persistent pain in the head like you’ve never experienced before
  • Unrelenting pain anywhere in the torso, abdomen, or shoulders
  • Severe chest pain
  • Persistent intense pain on one or both calfs
  • Numbness in the face or extremities
  • Loss of control of body a part (limbs, face, tongue)

You may have noticed a common theme in the list above is persistent or unrelenting pain. This is pain that doesn’t fluctuate much if at all. THAT’S A RED FLAG.

Although numbness and tingling aren’t always ominous they should be evaluated quickly. This is because when it is due to a serious condition the faster you get help the less likely you are to end up with a permanent condition. 

Here are symptoms that are less ominous but important to address soon so you can avoid financial, emotional, and physical challenges. These actually GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY to get ahead and avoid any major impact on your life.

  • Pain and/or numbness down your glut and/or back of your thigh
  • Pinching pain on top of the shoulder joint 
  • Pain under the kneecap
  • Numbness in all fingers or specific fingers
  • Numbness in the feet and/or toes

On these less urgent symptoms, although they are not life-threatening, ignoring them for months and years can certainly lead to a very expensive and painful experience with a surgeon.

As an example, the pinchy shoulder shouldn’t be put off for more than a few weeks. It’s one of the more common and surprisingly impactful of the less ominous symptoms.

If it is ignored it could lead to rotator cuff surgery with a painful year-long recovery. The healing process with this is a real slog and often includes sleeping in a chair for a few weeks while enduring a high level of pain. It’s pretty miserable. 

The thing is most of these less threatening issues can be avoided because they are SIMPLY DUE TO CHRONIC MISALIGNMENT and dysfunctional movement.

Most chronic misalignment is due to muscle and fascia imbalance. And as you might know from working with me misalignment is pretty EASY TO FIX. A fully torn rotator cuff tendon is not.

The other cool thing about getting help is that you learn how to reduce the symptoms yourself avoiding potential drama in the future.

You learn self-care and therapeutic exercise techniques. These ELIMINATE THE UNDERLYING MISALIGNMENT. And if the symptoms reappear you can often make them go away on your own by using the techniques you learned.

Let me know if you have any questions. As always, I’m truly grateful to you for letting me help you. I’m always here for you and your loved ones. 

Sincerely Yours,
Mike Julien

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Listen to Your Body’s Alarm System
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