In the previous article, we discussed the first level of healing.
After we’ve unlocked the limited areas in your spine and there is more awareness of your body through breath, we being the next level of healing which involves stretching your spine.
We don’t do stretches before this because your body is too wound up. Imagine tuning the strings on a guitar. If you keep tightening them and stretching them, eventually, they will snap. Similar to your body, if it’s tense and tight, we don’t want to stretch it beyond what it can handle and snap.
Along with the physical stretching of your spine which is good for increasing range of motion, working your tense muscles, increasing flexibility, injury prevention, etc. we do an emotional stretch.
The emotional stretch helps you to grow outside of your comfort zone and expand your boundaries.
In life, your comfort zone in your body is the range of motion that your spine can move through and that also defines the range of emotion that you allow your body to experience.
We make the areas we stretch even more receptive to the feelings that we’ve been trying to avoid and in doing this, you feel the emotion of a few minutes and you see how much effort and energy it took to avoid this. You realise that it’s ok to go there and your comfort zone expands.
Stay tuned next week for the next level of healing.
I’m often asked how the work that we do in the office is translated into what you experience in your life. Here’s how.
Firstly, when someone first comes into the office, we do a complete consultation and examination to see if our care is right for you.
We assess your body for what may be going on physically and explore emotional and mental stresses in your life that may also be contributing to your unique situation. After, we create recommendations specifically for you.
Almost every patient starts off with the first level of healing. This level is about self discovery and they learn what isn’t working well in their body or in their life.
In this level of healing we build the awareness of the body through your breath. You get a chance to notice how you hold tension in your body and how you’ve hidden physical, emotional and mental stress. When you don’t feel your emotions in the moment and hide it deep within your body, over time, your body will run out of places to hide your tension and this can lead to illness and/or disease.
Where you have locked your feelings in your body, is where you have limited the range of motion your spine can experience.
In this first level of healing, we use gentle light touch treatments and breathing exercises to work to unlock the areas in your spine that are limited.
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We take actions based on our thoughts. For example, if our thought is that I’m hungry, the action is to find or make food to eat.
For the most part, this serves us well, especially for our basic needs i.e. I’m cold, hot, hungry, tired, etc. We can take the appropriate action to go along with our thought.
What happens when our actions are based on false thoughts or beliefs?
Let first examine where our beliefs come from. We are heavily influenced as children and absorb thinking from those we spend the most time with. This is where the expression “you’re just like your mother/father” comes from. We are also influenced by close relatives, school, friends, our community and society in general.
If we never examine our beliefs, then we may have some thoughts that no longer serve us and in turn, take actions that no longer serve us.
Even if the belief or thought was a productive one, our action may not be.
This can lead to a lot of misunderstandings when we try to relate to others in life. This is especially true when we interact with people who have different life circumstances and upbringing that our own.
Let’s take the belief “I am here to help people”. Your action may be to always be helping people. To a certain extent, this is a good thing. Where it could go wrong is if you were always doing things for others that they need to learn to do themselves. Or, if you chose to do things for others over yourself. If you are always picking up a baby each time they fall, they would not learn how to stand up after they fall. If you always drove a car for someone, they wouldn’t learn to drive it themselves.
What we need to ask ourselves after we’ve examined our beliefs is: is the the correct action in this moment?
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Often we don’t appreciate what our bodies do for us until something goes wrong. I know that for myself, I don’t often think of what my big toe does for me each day...that is until I injure it. Then, I realize how it’s used in every step of the entire day.
I’ve been nursing my baby and am amazed each day that my body produces food. Enough food to keep a tiny human alive for months! The milk contains the right amount of fat, nutrients and water, just for him. It’s even loaded with antibodies to keep him from getting sick. The correct amount gets produced for his appetite and if he needs more or less, the body adapts! Our bodies are so amazing!
Our bodies are constantly healing themselves. When you get a cut or a cold, your body immediately starts to heal. So, why is it that when we are sick for longer than we EXPECT or something isn’t healing as we like it, we doubt that our body can heal itself?
When we have a bunch of rainy days in a row, do we doubt that the sun will ever come back out? No, we know that eventually, the sun comes out again.
This is how we need to see our body. Even if you’re dealing with low back pain or neck pain, you can still look for signs that your body is constantly healing. Look at a bruise or scratch that you got recently. Our bodies can make human beings in 9 months. They can heal. Don’t give up on your body.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.