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