As you probably know, our office is currently closed for in-office treatments. This is in an effort to help “flatten the curve” and to keep everyone safe. This is especially important in our office as we see a lot of immunocompromised patients.
Instead, to continue to serve you, I am now offering Neuro-Optimization treatments virtually. As I cannot physically touch you, some aspects of the treatment will obviously be different. However, we can still continue the body connection exercises, breathing exercises and mindfulness exercises to help you relieve stress and tension.
Some of the exercises come from the “12 Stages of Healing” by Dr. Donald Epstein. The term Stages of Healing refers to a state of consciousness. There are 12 states and once you are aware of them, you can observe where you are on your healing journey.
As part of the human experience, we have choices. Even when it seems like we have no choice i.e. we’re told to self isolate for 14 days, we can still choose our reaction to it. One possible reaction is to fully accept where we are, to experience it fully and make the best of it, even if it’s uncomfortable or painful. Another option is avoid it or run away from it completely.
As a healthcare practitioner, I see both. Some people accept their pain, illness, diagnosis, etc and are committed to taking action steps to change what they can. I’ve also seen people not wanting to know what is going on in their body or even deny it.
The 12 stages of healing allows us to fully accept where we are at and to experience it, including all the emotions present. Instead of trying to avoid what we don’t like or attempt to be somewhere else, the principle is to simply be where you are.
In the world, life is calling us to literally be where we are. If we can’t go outside, we will go inside. If we can’t go without, we will go within.
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Let’s say that a person who has a cold, walks into a room with 20 people. The person touches other people by shaking hands, sneezing and coughing. Some of the 20 people would end up with the cold but not all.
If it were true that being in direct contact with a cold resulted in someone contracting the cold, then all 20 people would be sick with the cold. But this is not the case.
Therefore, we need to ask ourselves, what is different. Each person’s immune system is different!! It is all about IMMUNITY.
As you know, it is your body’s nervous system that controls and optimizes your immunity. Your nervous system acts like an air traffic controller that directs the immune cells to detect and get rid of invaders. The better your immune system is, the less likely you are to get a virus.
However, when your immune system does not work optimally, then you are more prone to illness.
So, what are some ways to make sure that your immune system is functioning optimally?
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Connecting with a part of your body that is in pain also tells you about a part of your life that is in pain.
Put your hands on an area of your body that causes you pain.
Say “hello” to that area.
Prepare to ask your body some questions and then listen for responses. Sometimes you will get one, other times, you will not. What is important is the invitation to your body to speak to you and be heard.
Questions to ask your body/pain:
Remember that you are in pain….it’s supposed to hurt!
Once you’ve communicated with your body. Thank it for listening and answering the questions that it did. Remember to pause between each question and give your body time to answer.
If you did not get a response, try again when you have quiet time for yourself.
We are all here for a purpose. The world needs you. The world needs to heal and it needs you to learn how to heal yourself. Once you can heal yourself on one level, you can teach others to do the same. As you peel back the layers of your onion, you will go deeper and deeper into your healing.
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Like it or not, we are all healers. We are the only ones who can heal ourselves.
No doctor can make you heal. Doctors, healers, etc. can help facilitate your healing, give you guidance and even enhance your body’s own healing capabilities but they cannot do the healing for you.
If you don’t believe that you can heal from something, you will make it harder for your body to do its job properly. Conversely, if you believe in the power of your body, you can give it the best shot at recovery.
So, how do we let our body know that we believe that it can heal?
We start by talking to it and here’s a simple exercise to connect with your body.
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Have you ever wondered how your immune system works? At the very basis of it, your immune system, when working properly, is designed to be able to recognize what is you and what is not you. It knows what bacteria, etc are part of your normal flora and what is not. Once it decides that something is not a part of you, it destroys it and the body then gets rid of it.
When your immune system isn’t functioning properly, the invaders can take over and you get sick. In autoimmune conditions, the body has its signals mixed up and attacks its own cells in the body.
Most often, when we think of things that can hijack the immune system, we think of environmental pollutants, heavy metals, chemicals found in our food, etc. However, stress, thoughts and emotions also affect the immune system.
Do you remember when you were in school and had to write exams? You would get stressed out, study hard, write your exam, study again, pull all nighters, etc. Finally, when you exams were finished, you’d get sick. This is because the stress decreased your immunity.
When researchers studied people with anger disorders, they found that anger and violent behaviour were linked with inflammation in their body.
The immune system’s role is to identify self and non-self. If negative emotions are regularly part of who you are, it will lead to inflammation, a compromised immune system and eventually, illness.
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My daughter is currently learning to crawl. The challenge for her is...that she can only go backwards. This gets her really frustrated and she almost always starts to cry.
When she has a goal or wants to get to her toy, she will get on all fours, stare at her toy and start moving. But because she can only go backwards, she sees it getting further and further away from her. This leads to crying. My daughter is also pretty determined as she doesn’t stop trying to go after her toy until something stops her (wall, chair, table, etc.).
Watching this can be hard at first but I know that in a matter of a few short weeks, she will figure out how to crawl forwards.
In life, as in crawling, sometimes, you need to go backwards before you can go forwards. Think back to some hard times in life. Did you ever feel like you were taking 2 steps forward and 3 steps back again?
Healing is also like this. Healing is not linear. We do not always get better and better. Sometimes we get worse before we get better, other times, we get better, then worse then better again.
The pain comes from having our expectations that differ from reality. Think about it for a minute. Let’s say you broke your arm, they tell you that you will be in a cast for 8 weeks and you will probably need to do exercises after. Most people accept this. However, if you expected to be out of the cast after 1 week, you would suffer for the next 7. The suffering comes from not knowing when things will end.
So, remember the next time that you feel you are having a setback that sometimes, you first need to go backwards before you can go forwards.
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Illness can show up on multiple levels (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) and in many ways. Most often, when we think of illness, we focus on the physical but that is not enough.
I had a new patient that came in with what seemed to be a simple back pain issue from shoveling his driveway too much. He stated that he felt he pulled a muscle because he was lifting and twisting too much. While, lifting and twisting certainly play a role in injury, I always dig deeper to see if there are other factors at play.
Questions I asked:
What I discovered was that he had been stressed out at work for months. When shovelling, he was thinking about how much he hated his work and he was even hoping for some time off. Well, his body did what he asked it to do! He got injured and got some time.
To get to the core issues hidden in your illness, here are some things to pay attention to:
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I was watching the movie, Kung Fu Panda the other day. In it, there was an exchange between the Panda and his kung fu master. This was after the Panda had a disastrous first teaching experience. The Panda thought he had to teach the same way his master did. What his master said was, I am not trying to turn you into me, I am trying to turn you into you.
This made me think. How often do we try to be someone else, only to have it not work for us? A lot of personal growth people tell you to follow the exact steps they took to get to where they are. This does not always lead to success, even if you follow all the same structures. The reason is because you are not the same person. You are a unique individual with different gifts, experiences and talents. Trying to be like someone else will only lead to failure.
Instead, what you can do is to learn from what others do and then take and use what works for you. Then, add in your own special uniqueness into the mix.
The world needs less followers and more leaders. The world is waiting for uniqueness and it rewards those who are courageous enough to be different.
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If 10 people touched an infected door handle, why is it that some of them will get sick while others will not? They came into contact with the same bacteria, virus, infection but the responses are different.
It comes down to each individual’s immune system and its ability to detect and get rid of invaders.
Now, most conventional medicine such as antibiotics is geared towards getting rid of the bug and that is an important part of fighting an illness. However, that should not be the only focus. Sometimes, anitbiotics, don’t get rid of all the bugs. What then? Do you get another round? What if you need multiple rounds and your body becomes resistant?
Other considerations for treatment should include treating the terrain.
The terrain is affected by exposure to toxins. This could be from the environment and pollution, from chemicals that our food is exposed to, an accumulation of heavy metals, etc.
The terrain and each cell of our body is made from the foods that we eat. If you are eating a diet full of candy, chips and pop, that is what your cells are created with. There is no one diet that works for everyone. Whether it’s paleo, intermittent fasting, a plant based diet, etc. Try one and see what works for your body. The basis for most healthy diets does not include candy and sugary cakes.
Genetic abnormalities or changes will affect the terrain as well. It is important to note that just because you have a gene for something, it does not mean that the gene will be expressed. The right environment for gene expression needs to be in place for it to turn on.
Remember, health is not only about the presence or absence of illness, our environment plays a vital role.
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I fell a few weeks back and it hurt. I was carrying my baby when I slipped on black ice on the driveway. I was conscious of protecting the baby so I ended up with scraped knees and a very sore neck and shoulder.
There’s nothing like an unexpected event to throw off your day!
As I carried on my way to my car appointment, I thought to myself how did this happen. My first reaction was that the driveway wasn’t salted or shovelled properly. After that passed, I asked myself, why did this really happen to you?
With that question, I had to admit to myself that I had had a difficult week. I had been angry and the energy had not resolved itself yet. I was also in a rush trying to get the kids ready, dealing with a toddler who would rather not wear shoes (who would? haha) and trying to get to a car appointment on time.
The fall was suppose to disrupt my life. It was supposed to hurt. I had been stressed, running around and angry. It was what I needed to calm down and take things slowly, not because I wanted to but the pain left me no choice.
Life will give you clues and when you don’t listen, the clues will get louder and louder until you can no longer ignore them. I should have slowed down and I did not.
I am grateful for the life lesson and I hope I learned what I needed to through the fall.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.