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Which Came First?

Is pain caused by a problem or is the problem the result of the pain?

What comes first, compromised function or the obvious symptom?

Because our bodies are so adaptable, we often manage in spite of a growing problem that keeps nagging us. We may not yet have obvious symptoms, but our capacity to adapt is diminished. Then, all it takes is a sneeze, tying our shoes or the stress of a deadline to put us over the edge and symptoms appear.

You might say, “But I didn’t do anything!”

Actually, there were probably subtle signs that something was amiss. We all have a different threshold of “body awareness.” Become more aware of your body. Take note of even small changes in your energy level, sleep habits and elimination. Take action while your body is still whispering, rather than waiting until it’s shouting for help!

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Andrew A. Cinque CPO October 03, 2012 at 07:31 PM
This reminds me of the "Instinctive Principle", spoke of a lot in the old days of Bodybuilding by none other than Arnold "The Oak" Schwarzenegger. The whole idea was to listen to your body and perform those exercises in the gym that you felt were right for that day, or body part. To stick to a mundane routine, or to just go about your daily activities without listening to your body is boarder line irresponsible.

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