People often ask what happens when I get sick or when I’m in pain. Well, let me start by saying that doctor’s are not any more special than everyone else. I get sick and am in pain too and it’s an opportunity to practice what I preach.
A few weeks ago, I started having a pulling sensation behind my ear. This happens a few times a year and usually lasts a few days. Whenever it does, I try to figure out what my body is trying to tell me.
My first question is, what patterns could have caused this? Physically, I wear glasses all day long, when there’s an especially long day and tiring day or a few in a row, my glasses hurt the back of my ears. Also, if my hair is tied back in a ponytail too long, this can occur. So, did this occur? Yes. So that’s a physical explanation.
Next, I ask myself what emotional and mental patterns are there. I came up with 1. working extra hours to help out a friend 2. overstretching myself with bookings outside of work. Perhaps, my body is trying to tell me to slow down and rest.
Once, I have some possible explanations, I move on to breathing exercises for that part of my body. I put my hands over the area in pain and breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. I then start talking to that area by acknowledging that it’s in pain and seeing if there are any emotions or thoughts associated with it. For more on this breathing exercise, please come to our monthly workshops where we go through several breathing techniques.
After talking to the area, I work on reducing and changing my patterns and observe my body to see if it makes a difference.
In this instance, I choose to sleep in and rest longer even though I scheduled myself time to be doing paper work. I took off my glasses for longer periods and kept my hair down. I noticed that within a couple days, what worked best was the extra rest. So, I went to bed earlier than usual and made sure to feed my body the nutrients it needed.
When the pain disappeared, I thanked my body for the message.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.