Natural Balance Therapy has a team of therapists that has been providing therapeutic treatments to residents, in all stages of life, in southeast Wisconsin for the past ten years, helping them return to a pain-free, active lifestyle. We seek to help people understand their bodies and what is causing their pain and discomfort, as well as teach them what they can do to help themselves heal. Natural Balance Therapy is known for giving people in chronic pain hope and long-lasting results.
Heading into winter (with more limited outdoor activity options) and the holiday season (when indulgent food seems to be everywhere) may seem to be an odd time to talk about starting health habits. But why wait for New Year's Day to try to establish some good health habits? Whether you're looking to exercise more, make healthier eating choices, or engage in a mindfulness or meditation practice, here are some ways to help you make lasting change to long-standing behaviors.
- Go slowly. Allow time. You won’t reach the stage at which your healthy habit is embedded in a few days. Rather, it may take weeks, months, or even years.
- Be realistic and specific in your goals.
- Start with small changes. If working out at the gym for an hour is off-putting, start with half-hour walks instead. It's easier to set—and meet—a few small goals than one big goal.
- Examine your beliefs to see if any of them are undermining your effort to change. For example, do you tell yourself that you don’t have time to exercise? If so, draw up a weekly schedule. Even 10-minute workouts can improve health.
- Add things to your life to replace things you’re subtracting. If you are giving up cigarettes, get rid of that old jacket with the cigarette burn and treat yourself to a new one. If cutting calories, choose interesting new foods and recipes. If you’re giving up junk food such as potato chips, stock up on healthier snacks such as whole-wheat pretzels or popcorn.
- Tell your friends, family, and colleagues what you're up to, so they can offer encouragement and help out. Some may be trying to kick the same bad habit as you and be willing to join you in your challenge. But watch out for people who may sabotage your efforts.
- If you can’t change on your own, consider working with a therapist or counselor who can help you navigate the stages of change. Cognitive behavioral therapy may be particularly useful; it helps identify and change "maladaptive" thinking and behavior that keep you stuck in bad habits. There are also computer-based programs, either self-administered or guided by a counselor, designed to promote behavioral change.
Sometimes creeping up from the back of the neck, or maybe stabbing through the temples, or compressing in the forehead, headache pain is one of the most common medical complaints – millions of Americans see their doctors about headache pain every year. But did you know that you can use pressure points to help reduce pain and symptoms?
These last few days, the burst of summery weather in November has encouraged many of us to get out for one final hurrah of outdoor fun. For some, this has included changing work schedules or taking a so-called 'mental health day.' For others, it might be just saying 'to heck with the to-do list' and sitting on the patio for an hour.
At Natural Balance Therapy, we often find ourselves talking about (and treating) the psoas muscle. The psoas (the 'p' is silent) can be a major factor in pain and dysfunction.