Everyone is responsible for their own health. That means everyone should spend time doing self maintenance to 1 address current musculoskeletal issues and 2 to prevent musculoskeletal problems. The majority of musculoskeletal injuries and diseases are completely preventable, Back Pain, Osteoarthritis, Plantar Fasciitis, Tendinitis, Rotator Cuff Tears. Your body is your own and you need to take responsibility for it.
If you take care of your body by doing daily rolling, stretching and a movement practice the results will be, improved range of motion, less stiffness or pain at the end range of motion, feeling of relief, release and well-being, feelings of warmth & relaxation and an increase of body awareness. When you have joint pain your first stop shouldn’t be visiting your doctor. You should be able to address musculoskeletal problems yourself.
Your body is extremely complex which is why the only way you can take care of it properly is to do it daily. You should be spending at least 20 minutes per day on yourself. Now you are problem thinking I don’t have 20 minutes but realize this you have 1440 minutes per day. So 20 minutes is only 1.4% of your day. Aren’t you important enough?
Keep in mind that everything is interconnected so if you are experiencing discomfort in one area you can make change in that area by addressing the areas directly above and below the problem area. An excellent movement practice that helps you understand that your muscles work as a system and not individuals is yoga. Yoga offers many benefits, increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, energy and vitality, the maintenance of a balanced metabolism, weight reduction, cardio and circulatory health, improved athletic performance, protection from injury.
I will end by saying this, taking care of yourself can be painful. However remember this you are experiencing short term pain for long term relief so suck it up. If you are unclear of what you should be doing seek out a human movement specialist such as myself. You can save yourself a lot on healthcare expense if you do at least one mobility session with me a month. During mobility sessions I spend time teaching you what you should be doing on your own to address problem areas and maximize your performance.