It’s easy to get off track in life. In our hectic, overwhelming world everything comes at us pretty fast. Most days we feel like we were shot out of a cannon as we wake up and have to get everyone ready for work and for school. Doing a day of Zoom calls at a desk in the corner of a room, or worse yet fighting off a lengthy commute, takes a lot out of us too. Then, after tackling endless tasks and mountains of emails at work we have to go home and try to get our other tasks done before we have to go to sleep.
With all that is going on, it’s quite understandable that we often pick up some bad habits or stop paying attention to our well-being. There is truly so little time for self-care. Unfortunately, when we let our wellness slide, a while later we find that our overall health may be compromised. As soon as we find ourselves suffering from poor health or specific conditions, we need to make an appointment with a skilled healer who can help restore us to optimum vitality.
If you find yourself in a situation where your ability to function or move has been compromised, you should look at working with a physical therapist. These healers are licensed medical professionals who have been specially trained to diagnose conditions related to physical problems and help restore an individual’s mobility and physical functioning.
Your primary care doctor may refer you to physical therapy as part of your initial treatment program. When you work with your assigned provider, you’ll discover that they are very good at diagnosing problems and can help provide exercises and options that help you recover from sickness and injury. They can also set up a customized rehabilitation plan to help you return to full health after surgery.
Another healing modality that can make a big difference in your wellness and recovery is herbal medicine. Herbs have been used for centuries to help people improve their health in a natural way. Registered herbalists specialize in using the healing power of plants. They can work independently, or as part of your overall care team in an integrated medical practice.
Oftentimes, herbs do not work as quickly as modern pharmaceuticals. On the plus side, there are far fewer side effects you have to worry about. Plant medicine provides a gentle, nurturing approach to guide you back to wellness. Depending on what’s going on with your body, your herbalist may prescribe a single herb or a specific combination of herbs that are designed to help reverse illness and restore you to well-being.
Massage therapy may be used on its own, or as an adjunct to treatment by a physical therapist. There are many benefits associated with this modality. As a society, almost all of us have stress levels that are far too high. Massage is ideal for helping you relax, as it reduces stress and induces feelings of well-being. It can also be used to help lower pain and soreness in your body and muscles.
The healing touch that is part of massage therapy helps lower your blood pressure and heart rate. It also improves your circulation, and helps make you more alert and energetic. Immune function is elevated when you have a massage. There are many different types of massage, ranging from Swedish and deep tissue to trigger point and sports massage.
If you have been neglecting your health for a while due to an extremely busy life, it may be time to set up some appointments with trained, skilled therapists who are experts in different healing modalities. They’ll be able to take the time to understand what is going on for you, and craft a custom treatment plan that will help restore you to full health.