Living with Neck And Shoulder Pain? Here Are Some Ways To Relax

Posted by Dr. Eric Pragle

If you’re like anybody else in the world, you might find yourself going through a stressful day, week, or month with neck and shoulder pain... We get it, there are deadlines to be met, countless meetings throughout the day, staying on top of your health goals and even attending social gatherings. This can be stressful at times. Here at Pragle Chiropractic and Massage Therapy, we focus on mental, physical, and spiritual health. Because while it may feel like everything else is falling apart, there’s something you can do to help you relieve stress.

According to Harvard Health, several studies have proven that patients greatly benefit from yoga when dealing with depression, anxiety, and stress. These scientific studies show that physical and mental health relate mutually. In turn, yoga practice is low-risk and provides a lot more benefits that improve health. For example, one study compared women who were emotionally distressed and practiced yoga for three months. At the end of the study, they found that the patients had reported some major improvements in regards to stress, depression, anxiety, and fatigue. Harvard Health explains that more studies have concluded the same results.

For this reason, we decided to put together three Yoga poses and techniques that will help you regain energy and improve your focus throughout the day.

The consciousness seal, also called Chin Mudra, helps you reconnect with higher self. You will notice that as you take control of your thoughts the mind gains focus. The pose calms your mind and changes your mood in a positively. Two achieve this pose rest your hands on top of your thighs with your palms open, gently tuck the tip of the index finger under the tip of the thumb, keeping the remaining three fingers lightly extender, and relax the back of the hands on top of the thighs, with the palms facing upward.  Are you nervous before an important presentation? Take five minutes to meditate and use the pose to relax your body and calm your anxiousness. Maybe there’s an important event taking control over your sleep at night. Our essential oil diffusers can help you relax with a combination of meditation. Using a mixture of lavender can help you improve your sleeping patterns allowing you to feel relaxed and rested the next morning.

A simple Yoga pose that you can use while stuck in traffic, in the office, or at any time you find yourself sitting down is the Eagle Seal. Also called Garuda Mudra, it can help you cultivate discipline when life gets hectic. The pose also helps you balance your energy allowing you to think clearly. If you ever need to make an important decision, let yourself try this first and you will find it easier to answer the most difficult questions. The pose involves two simple steps: turn your hands so that the palms face up and then cross your right hand over your left, clasping your thumbs.

Finally, don’t forget that these energizing and calming principles always involve taking control over your thoughts. Engaging the mind to settle down for a few minutes and focus on the higher self. While doing these poses and techniques, it is always important to take controlled inhalations and exhalations of equal lengths. If your mind wanders too much, which usually happens to me during a stressful day, focus on your breaths and body movements while doing so. This usually brings the mind back to a consciousness state. Before you find yourself panicking because of a stressful deadline, remember that you can always take 5 minutes out of your day to relax a re-energize.

If you’ve made it through a stressful project deadline, week, or month treat yourself to a spa day at Pragle Chiropractic and Massage Therapy. Book your 45-minute foot soak with essential mixes such as lavender, rose, mint, cedar here:  https://goo.gl/EopSXp

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Online resources:

http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/yoga-for-anxiety-and-depression


http://www.yogajournal.com