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Chronic Pain: Looking Back at How We Got Here

By Stephen R. Farris

Those aches and pains you're starting to feel on a regular basis could be the result of careless and carefree youth.

When we were younger, we often acted as if we didn't have a care in the world and put ourselves (physically) in harm's way more times than we should have (or so it seemed).

You might say that earlier generations invented the "extreme" in sports. Unfortunately, it's taken a toll on our older bodies. Maybe we should have listened to our parents and grandparents more than we did, however, weren't they the ones sort of pushing us and to shake off pain?

Regardless, the youth of today should take note and save themselves from unexpected pain when they grow older. If we (older generations) had only taken this advice and here's why.

Being Involved in High Impact Activities

American football is one of the most popular sports, not only in the United States, but in other countries as well. It's hard-hitting, brutal, and fun to watch and play (for some). However, the sport can take its toll on the knees, back, neck, and other parts of the body even though there's more protective gear and rules that have reduced some of those types of injuries. The effects can show up later in life. We should also mention basketball too. The constant running and jumping on a solid surface impacts the back and puts a lot of stress on the knees and ankles.

Giving It Your All

When we were young, it didn't matter what the sport of competition was, we participated in them to the best of our ability despite not properly preparing for them. We gave it all we had until we made the adjustments. For many of us, that's how we were taught. We weren't concerned about the health of our backs, necks, shoulders, arms, legs, knees, and ankles. We were out there to win it and put our bodies on the line. Now that we are older (my generation and those before) are paying the price health-wise.

No Pain, No Gain

Reiterating my earlier comment about shaking off pain, this is another reason for some of the aches and pains we feel as we grow older. In our youth, it was common to work through the pain rather than take much needed time to rest and heal. Hopefully the youth of today and tomorrow will take heed and possibly avoid the future of having chronic pain.

When you are feeling pain, especially in your back, neck, and joints, visit your local chiropractor to get the pain relief you deserve to help you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.  

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Taylors, S.C.

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