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Have you ever sang the “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” song to your children? It’s so funny how often we teach our children to be aware of their little bodies but ignore our own. It wouldn’t be a big deal except for the fact that, without awareness, we can end up in some sticky health situations. Just as we make movement and learning fun for kids, try injecting some energy into taking care of yourself. You don’t have to get up in the morning and have a sing and a dance but it wouldn’t hurt to do a weekly body scan for optimal wellness. Your Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes will thank you!
Weekly Body Scan For Optimal Wellness: Your Head
That head of yours is home to your sight, hearing, sense of smell, a form of touch, and your taste. Yes, all five senses are present and work together in this area. We basically experience life through these senses, as they confirm and process thoughts, emotions, and even spirituality. Don’t you think it’s worth a couple of minutes a week to make sure everything is working right? If something does eventually go wrong you could regret a lack of awareness and intervention for the rest of your life.
If you do find that something isn’t quite right with any of your senses, brain function, teeth, or your neck, it’s worth a call to the appropriate doctor. I get annual eye, hearing, dental, and medical exams to check for any problems. This has saved me long-term issues on many occasions.
Weekly Body Scan For Optimal Wellness: Your Shoulders
Our shoulders can carry a lot of tension and weight, especially if your job demands physical lifting. Any pain or dysfunction in this area can limit your ability to do everyday tasks. Furthermore, shoulder pain could be a symptom of something going wrong rather than an isolated shoulder problem. It’s essential for you to take note of what type of pain or immobility you have. Is it burning or sharp? Has it lasted for more than a week? What makes it better? And what makes it worse? These are all questions that your doctor will ask, so be prepared to answer.
Weekly Body Scan For Optimal Wellness: Your Knees
Your knees are one of the most used joints in your body. They can take a beating for sure. Because a major part of the knee is cartilage, they are prone to damage and strain. Arthritis is also common in knees as you get older. Inflammation of the aforementioned cartilage can also cause a burning and aching sensation. Achy knees can be caused by sciatica, as well, but this pain normally runs the course of your leg. These types of symptoms should not be ignored or covered up by tons of pain medicine. See your doctor if pain or mobility issues persist.
Weekly Body Scan For Optimal Wellness: Your Toes
Although they’re small (well, in relation to the rest of your body parts), toes play an important role in our ability to move, balance and stand. Scientists say that our feet operate like a tripod. The big toe, the little toe, and the heel make a three-pointed contact structure that keeps us upright and able to do things such as skip, run, and jump. If anything goes wrong with your toes then you are in for a potential long healing time.
Because toes are the body part furthest away from the brain and heart, they are subject to toxic overload and nerve disruption. These two things are to be taken very seriously. Symptoms like extreme swelling, nerve pain, numbness and tingling and strange discoloration can be signs of life-threatening illnesses like Diabetes and some neurological disorders.
A sharp, stabbing pain in your big toe can be a sign that you have gout and that your diet needs to change. A high level of uric acid causes this painful form of arthritis and can be caused by drinking too much alcohol or eating highly acidic foods.
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