Proverbs 2:8 - For he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
There are several different sides to the word, “guard”.
You can guard your heart and only share it with someone who will treat you with love and respect.
You can guard your lips from speaking unkind words.
You can guard your life by avoiding dangerous situations.
You can guard your home by installing locks and putting in a security system.
You can guard your job by completing tasks on time and honoring your superiors.
You can guard your reputation by using discretion at all times.
You can guard your freedom by keeping society’s laws.
However, there is a bad kind of guarding and it happens frequently to those with chronic pain – guarding your muscles and posture from reinjuring yourself. This may seem like a good thing, however, by guarding you keep your muscles so tight that you can barely move.
What you are using as a protective measure can lead to increased pain.
Take a look at a statement from somatics.com, in their article, “Might You be Strengthening Your Pain?” that might help us better understand what’s going on.
So what can we do to reverse the painful cycle? Find some suggestions for releasing muscles that are guarded from stridestrong.com in their article, “Muscle Spasms.”
Here are some stretching exercises you can do at home to help with muscle pain and stress:
It will take some time to help the cycle of guarding your muscles and joints to subside, but releasing them will help you return to a more active lifestyle - One in which you aren’t guarding and thus decreasing your pain.
In addition, let God be the one who guards and protects your injury. He will protect your way and will be faithful to help you have wisdom as you move through each day.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.