To my patients:
Above all else, I want you to know that your body has the ability to heal. You will learn this during our treatments together, from attending workshops and through weekly articles. The lessons on healing are in how you connect with yourself and how you connect to others.
I want you to engage with your body from a place of worthiness. You will learn that you are worthy of healing, love, belonging and joy. Healing will increase exponentially when you practice self compassion and embrace your imperfections.
Together, we will practice courage by showing up, letting ourselves be seen and being open to new possibilities and perspectives. We honour vulnerability and know that it is the starting place for healing. We will share our stories of struggle and strength and there will always be room in our conversations for both.
Together, we will practice compassion by first having compassion with our bodies; then with others. We will set and respect boundaries; we will honour showing up, hard work, hope and perseverance.
You will learn accountability and respect for your body through making mistakes, falling then rising up and trying again. You will learn to observe how your body reacts to your thoughts and feelings.
I want you to know the joy of your body, so together, we will practice gratitude and awareness.
I want you to feel the wonder of your body, so together we will learn how to be vulnerable.
When uncertainty and scarcity visit, you will want to run away and instead, choose to draw strength and comfort from the spirit that is a part of our everyday life.
Together we will face fear, grief and pain. I will want to take away your pain, but instead I will sit with you and teach you how to feel it.
We will laugh and learn and heal and create. We will always have permission to be ourselves with each other. No matter what, you will always belong here.
As you begin your healing journey, the greatest advice I can give to you is to heal courageously, love with your whole heart and to dare greatly.
I will not teach or show you anything perfectly, but I will do my very best, and will always hold sacred the gift of seeing you.
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Imagine walking alone in a jungle and all of a sudden you come face to face with a bear….what would your body do?
When under stress, your body responds with fight, flight or freeze. Either you decide that you are going to fight the bear, run away from it or freeze. Either way, your encounter with the bear will most likely be short term. If you get away, go home to sleep, the next day, your body will return back to normal. The fight, flight or freeze system was designed for short term use.
Nowadays, what is triggering this system? Traffic, our kids, the computer, work, etc. We are using this short term system for long term use and this has lead to detrimental effects on our health.
Let’s take a look at how our body reacts during while it’s in fight, flight or freeze. Your heart rate increases to pump more blood into your body, your blood pressure goes up and your breathing increases to get more oxygen into your muscles. You body starts to tense as you prepare to run or fight and your digestive system slows down because in that moment, digestion isn’t as important to your body and the blood that would normally be used is directed to other parts. These are a few things that happen for short periods of time while you are in danger.
Now that our short term defense system is being used long term, what are we seeing more of? Heart issues, blood pressure challenges, people with tight muscles, breathing problems and digestive troubles.
So what can be done? We need to reprogram the body to not see everyday things as a danger. Rewire the nervous system and increase our resilience.
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What do symptoms tell us? Symptoms tell us that something in our body or our life isn’t functioning the way it’s supposed to. Certain patterns in our life, physical, emotional or mental are causing our bodies to be unable to correct themselves.
When we cut our finger or bruise our knee, our body heals over time. So why is it not healing right now? We’re stuck in a pattern.
Physically, patterns that lead to symptoms could be sitting at your desk too long, lack of exercise and movement, poor food choices,etc.
Emotional and mental patterns can include not speaking up when you wanted to, staying in a relationship longer than you wanted to, feeling trapped at work, not doing something that you are passionate about, finances, etc.
Whatever the case, a symptom is a sign that something isn’t working properly. What do we usually do when we have a symptom? Some of us take medication to make it go away. This may work for a period of time, however, if you continue to do the same patterns, then pain will continue to persist or come back again. Other people, may seek a health professional to massage the pain, do acupuncture on it, etc. This is helpful as well. However, if you continue to do the same patterns physically, emotionally or mentally, the symptoms can come back.
So, what is the solution? Instead of looking for someone to fix the symptom, focus on finding someone to help you to figure out the problem. Do you want to work on the symptom or do you want to work on WHY you have the symptom?
If you had a garden full of weeds and you mowed your lawn to get rid of the weeds, what would happen in a few weeks? The weeds would come back. How do you get rid of the weeds? Pull them out by the root. If you don’t get to the root pattern or cause of your symptom, working on the symptom alone can cause it to come back again.
“If you step on a dog’s tail, the bark comes out of it’s mouth. Working on the bark never takes the foot off the tail.”- Dr. Donny Epstein
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I love my craft and the people I am privileged to work with each and every day.
Each morning that I wake up, I have amazing opportunities. I get to connect with people. Not about the little things in life but the big things that make up life.
At work, I belong to a community of encouraging people. We hold space for others to heal and grow. When I meet a new patient, I get to really know them. Not just their pain but them. What makes them who they are. My craft is in helping others. What a wonderful gift!
I have not always thought this way about my work. I used to see it as paperwork, doing workshops which terrified me and meeting people without knowing what to say to them. So what changed? I shifted from doing a job to working a craft.
Robin Sharma once said “A job is only just a job if you choose to see it as a job. - Why would you lose the opportunity to leverage what you do every day? To grow your happiness? To grow your energy? To allow you to release more of your talents to the world? To allow you to help more people? Why would you miss that opportunity by falling into the trap of thinking, “This is just my job. I’m just getting up in the morning, working 9 to 5, going down to the coal mine every day.”?”
You have a choice as to how you decide to view your work each day. Choose to see it as just a means to an end and you will create just that. Choose to see it as a gift or opportunity to practice a craft and that is what will appear.
So, how will you choose today?
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.