Dr. Jay Warren
Licensed Wellness Chiropractor
Dr. Jay Warren is a Wellness Chiropractor in San Diego, CA. His wish for everyone he works with is for them to have a greater ability to ease elegantly through the challenges of life. Dr. Jay’s office is a Creating Wellness Center which incorporates a custom designed lifestyle modification program for his patients as well as state-of-the-art chiropractic care. He is the creator of “Healing from Within” – guided visualizations that teach people how to tap into the powerful self-healing abilities in all of us.
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Warren Family Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Center now not only provides our community with excellence in chiropractic care, but offers the Creating Wellness System which powerfully addresses the 3 dimensions of stress: Physical, Bio-chemical & Psychological.Are you exercising enough, too much?
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A month ago, I was in tremendous pain. My left hip/sacrum screamed at me every time I bent over. I could hardly put on my socks without wincing and swearing under my breath. My right shoulder had throbbed all night long and kept me up tossing and turning. I hadn't been able to carry anything heavier than my MacBook with that arm for the last few weeks.
Enough is enough!
That day I reached my breaking point. I had tolerated the nagging pain for months and it wasn't getting any better. Surprise, surprise: it was getting worse. Sure, I was getting adjusted weekly and acupuncture every other week. I'd get some relief but it would just come right back.
So chiropractic and acupuncture don't work, right?
No, they work. It's just that I kept doing the same things that was creating the sacral pain and the shoulder pain and I wasn't doing much in between my appointments to help my body out.
What I needed to be doing for myself was stretching. I knew for years that I should be stretching myself more than I was. All the volleyball, surfing, cycling, and kettlebell workouts that I'd been doing were tightening me up so much that I was now about to snap. I had neglected my body's signals, told myself that it would get better, that it wouldn't always be like this, etc., etc. - all the excuses you can think of to not do what you know you need to do. I had used them all.
So now there I was, staring at the fork I just dropped on the kitchen floor, afraid to bend over to pick it up because it would hurt too much to get it all the way down there at my feet!
Really? Had it come to this? Am i really considering leaving a fork on the floor because I'm in too much pain to bend over and reach something at my feet?
Enough is enough!
Like I said before, I'd reached my bottom. I'd finally reached my pain point, that is, the point at which the pain is too much to ignore any longer and you finally decide to do something about it.
I was closing my office that week to have some renovations done and I decided to make my "staycation" a yoga retreat week. I finally walked into the yoga studio that is only blocks away from where I live, the one that's been "on my list" to go check out for a long time now, and signed up for their 1 week trial offer. For 7 days I could go as often as I wanted to.
So I did. I went to a class everyday that week. One day I even did two classes, a morning and an evening one. 8 classes in 7 days.
Haute Yoga in Solana Beach is a hot yoga studio where the room is heated to 95-100 degrees. Great for warming up and loosening the muscles. Also great for sweating your butt off. Minutes into the hour long class, I looked like I'd just got out of the pool, sweating soaking through my board shorts and pouring off my body.
At the end of the 7 days, I felt like a new man. My lower back had completely healed and my shoulder was 80% better. I felt stronger than I had in years, I felt more confident in moving, bending, twisting, etc. than I had in years and on top of that, I felt more calm, centered and relaxed.
What a difference a week makes!
I'm hooked now and I've continued going 5 times a week for the last month. After only a month, I feel like I did when I was training full time when I played for the UCSD Men's Volleyball team 20 years ago! And I know that I'll only feel better, stronger and more energized as the next few months unfold.
Now, you might think that my pain point was the body pain I was feeling, literally pain in my lower back and shoulder. That's only partly true. Yes, I was feeling a lot of pain that was causing me to loose sleep, to avoid certain movements and to reluctantly decline invitations to play volleyball, go surfing, go for hikes, etc.
But my real pain point was deeper than that. The physical pain I could tolerate and I was tolerating, to a fault. I'm blessed/cursed with a high pain threshold which allows me to suck up and deal with more pain than I really should. Kind of a typical guy thing, but I know a lot of women in my practice that do the same thing. But that's another story.
My real pain point was emotional. I felt trapped inside my body. I literally felt imprisoned, confined, limited. And I don't like feeling that way. I have strong "freedom value" and I want to be able to do anything and everything that I am called to do, especially physically.
The pain built slowly and steadily in my body over months. Then it really started interfering with my life and the things I wanted to do and loved to do:
Loosing in the finals of a beach volleyball tournament down in Rosarito, Mexico largely because my back was spasming and I couldn't move very well towards the end of the game.
Having to get out of the water and stop surfing early even though the waves were beautiful because my shoulder was killing me.
Playing horribly in another beach volleyball tournament a month later - I felt like a 90 year old out on the court - it was embarrassing!
Getting pummeled by huge waves bought in by a gigantic Labor Day weekend swell that torqued my lower back so bad I had to crawl out of the water.
Then that fork I dropped on the kitchen floor...
That moment was my pain point. Not because I was in pain at that moment. I was fine standing up looking down at the fork. But the pain point was my realization of how trapped I felt inside my body. It hit me how much I had given up to tolerate this state of being. I felt sad. I felt frustrated at myself. But I used that emotion to get off my ass and do something about it.
The solution for me was stretching. I got on the mat and did lots of yoga.
There is a night and day difference in me since I started doing this. Patients have noticed the difference. Friends see the difference in me. I took charge of my situation, I did something about it and I created these health results for myself. I am a phoenix that has risen from my ashes.
Now, I tell you this story not to get you to do yoga. You can if you like. I recommend it to everyone.
I tell you this story to give you the opportunity to look at what you might be tolerating in your health right now. What is your pain point? Has it happened already and you're not doing anything about it yet? Or are you afraid of that pain point happening and you're hiding your head in the sand about it like I did for all of those months before I did something different?
Please, don't wait until your fork is staring at you from your kitchen floor. Do something now!
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