In last month’s newsletter we discussed the A,B,C’s (Align.  Breathe.  Control.) and how to create a habit of OPTIMIZING your A,B,C’s.  Hopefully, you’ve been able to practice the #1 strategy of optimal breathing.  Perhaps you’re well on your way to embedding your habit, but what happens if you still find you’re coming up against obstacles? You’ve done your due diligence to create the habit.  You have been consistent.  You have been mindful in your habit creation, but you keep coming up against a wall at some point.  Perhaps it feels a bit like a maze?  You move along your path of movement, exercise, activities of daily living, and travel this path for a week, two weeks, a month...then one day, seemingly out of nowhere, that darn wall pops up again and you find yourself having to back off of some or all of those activities because of pain, tightness, restriction, etc.  The frustration and all its facets set in.  There goes that consistency of habit again.

Does this sound familiar?  Do you continue to experience symptoms such as neck, mid or low back tightness or pain, pelvic pain, chronic hiccups, poor posture, spider veins, digestive issues, or other physiological complaints?  Now here’s some food for thought.  Did you know...

One-third of all babies in the U.S. are delivered via Cesarean section.

More than 700,000 hysterectomies are performed.

Over 600,000 individuals have their gallbladder removed,

while 270,000 individuals have their appendix removed.

The number of mastectomies rose 30% between 2005 and 2013.

“Now here’s the information surgeons might not share with their patients: of those who undergo abdominal surgery, 93% of them will develop abdominal adhesions 1.  Abdominal adhesions can cause more significant issues like postural changes, chronic muscle tension and/or weakness, intestinal blockage, and fertility issues.  Procedures such as mastectomies alone or mastectomies plus reconstruction, increase the risk for scar tissue formation 2.  Post-mastectomy scar tissue can lead to limited motion and pain in the neck, shoulders, and/or rib cage due to compression of muscles, fascia, joints, and/or nerves.” (What Lies Beneath: the Under-realized Effects of Breast, Abdominal, & Pelvic Surgeries, How They Affect You & What You Can Do About It.  Niche Presswork. 2017. Print. p. 3)

Have you undergone surgery of the breast, chest, abdomen, or pelvis, whether major or minimally invasive?

If you answered yes to any of these, then you might be like many other women who've had surgery, and who have struggled to move beyond their issues of tightness, pain, restriction, and/or other physiological complaints.  To learn more about the under-realized effects of breast, abdominal, and pelvic surgeries, how they might be affecting you, and what you can do about it, please visit the link below to learn about the book, the party and to R.S.V.P.

Share the link with a girlfriend or other women in your family.  It might just be the key to knocking down that wall.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Jenice & Sara

www.chicagomovementspecialists.com/brp/


1.Ward, BC, Panithc A. Abdominal adhesion: current and novel therapies.Journal of Surgical Research.  2011; 165 (1): 91-111

2.Mastectomy Risks. (n.d.).  Retrieved September 29, 2016, from http://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/surgery/mastectomy/risks