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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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.