A patient came into my office after having seen a car accident happen that shook her. She had been traumatised by it and noticed that she kept playing the scene over and over again in her head for the next week. Each time she re-watched it, she noticed that her jaw would tense up and her shoulders and neck muscles would tighten.
Her body had gotten frozen in time due to what she had witnessed. Because she replayed the event many times, her body didn’t have enough time to unfreeze itself. She also started to hardwire the event into her nervous system.
Together, we tried a strategy to unfreeze her body.
When you watch a bad movie that you don’t like, do you keep watching it over and over again? No, you put on a different movie! SO, when you replay a bad event over and over again, we have to change the movie.
This technique helped me get over some of my childhood fears of scary movies. When I was younger, I used to have bad dreams after watching anything scary in a movie. When it was time for bed, I used to turn out the light and take a running jump onto my bed so that the monsters did not get me at night. This is how I changed it….
Note that this is for simple cases of trauma. If a serious trauma occurred for you, please seek professional help.
Want to go through this exercise with someone? Let me know at your next visit.
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.