My chosen career has afforded me the opportunity to be of assistance to many different people from many walks of life. From Judges to attorneys to businesses owners. I have worked on people who work in the Medical field and people who build things. Throw in a few athletes and many other types of professions, I have run the gamut.

It would almost be easier to try to list the types of professions I have not encountered. Regardless of what their professions are, or what level of financial status they have, the one thing that’s common to all of them is pain.

Pain doesn’t care how wealthy you are, how poor you are or how weak or strong you are. When your body gets broken, it gets broken. People who are physically active will almost always recover from pain or injury faster than people who are sedentary.

I have also discovered something that I don’t quite understand. It would seem that some people like their pain. I can masage them, stretch them, offer essential oils and show them how to prevent further injury through stretches and other forms of exercise. But there are some people who simply refuse to do anything to help themselves. If I were to tell them it’s because they need their pain, they would call me crazy. But what else can it be when people keep doing, or not doing, things that will hurt of help them?

It could also be that while people don’t actually like their pain, it is something they get used to. When you are in constant pain, it just becomes a part of you. Coping with pain can make people tired. When you are tired, it’s more difficult to gather up the mental and emotional resources to make changes. I understand that.

Just remember, there are ways to prevent injuries and to relieve pain. If you get into a place where pain is constant, stop for a moment. Find some gentle stretches that you can do on your own. Get a massage. In the privacy of your home, call up a free video on Tai Chi or beginner’s yoga. Just try a few minutes at a time and build up to more. Things won’t get better over night, but if you keep at it, they will get better. I promise.

Valentina Boonstra

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