Monday, September 19, 2011

No Longer 'Making Do'

Well blow me over, it really is true! Yes, our chemical, physical and emotional bodies are so closely tied together, that when one falls out of whack/alignment/behaviour, the others are immediately affected.

I know this stuff is true, but when I see things happen in my own body SO obviously, it just reminds me.

This morning I had a wonderful chiropractic session - a visit I've had many times over the last 4 months.  I've had issue after issue with my spine, my balance, tightness etc. Something I've never really paid that much attention to before.


I guess it's one of those things - you just 'make do' with back pain, you just 'get used to' having a tight neck and shoulders. I would always feel better after a yoga class, and knew that I held all my tension in my neck & shoulders (as so many of us do), that I didn't think twice about it. 


But when I had a chiro session a few months ago, where I saw X-rays of my bones, how they're tight and bending and contracting, and realised week to week how if I was upset or depressed, my spine would be worse - If I felt good and happy, the pain wouldn't be there - as I realised all this, I decided I didn't want to just 'make do' anymore.


It's amazing how feeling average can become normal. And average is ok - it's neither here nor there really. But wow, when you feel WELL, it's like a whole new world opens up for you.

Today, as I got adjusted and Mr Chiro was moving my body this way and that, he mentioned that "This is probably the best I've seen your lower back and sacrum" and for me, who's been in tears on the chiro table because I've been in pretty much consistent discomfort and pain lately, this was amazing. Not only to hear that, but to honestly, 100% FEEL that.  

He asked how my body had felt since I'd visited 5 days prior - and it took me a moment, but then I realised that for the first time in a long time, I hadn't felt sore. I hadn't had that niggling back pain that is often my constant companion. My back was free, and so was I.

When I first walked in, we'd talked about my nutrition - and you're all aware of my sugar addiction, my firmly planted sweet tooth and my love of all things hopped up (caffeine etc) to combat adrenal fatigue. But for the last couple of weeks I've really made an effort to adjust this. To eat breakfast (a big one for me). To take all my supplements and vitamins daily. To have dinner (that doesn't consist of a magnum ice-cream).  

And lo and behold, when my nutrition got better, so did my spine. 
via pinterest :)

Mr Chiro showed me the connection between the gut and the lower spine (just look at the close proximity at the very least) and the light bulb well and truly flashed. Of course they were so closely related. Of course I had a crap lower back with issue after issue when my digestion and gut were struggling.  Throw in some funky adrenals on top of that and it all made perfect sense. So chemical, physical, and emotional were clearly all affected.

"It's not rocket science" Mr Chiro said - and you know what? That is so true! It really is common sense.  But we all know that if the world ran on common sense, there'd be no obesity, no fatigue, no poverty. Alas, we're humans - and individual strong humans at that. So here we are. But today, I've found a little common sense and it's made a huge difference. 

Here's to you discovering some today too :) Cheers xo

3 comments:

lilasvb said...

yes be happy, it is good for all, i agree

Rachel @ SuburbanYogini said...

I love that you've written this. it's so true. I say "it's not rocket science" to my clients all the time.

My other favourite is "I'm not a miracle worker". I can help you, I can't look after you. It's such a lightbulb moment when you realise that you have to look after yourself to be happy.

And believe me, us therapists/chiros/pts are the worst at looking after ourselves. I bet Mr Chiro is the same!!!

FlyingYogini said...

Thanks so much for this post! It's weirdly coinciding with my decision to a.) eat a big breakfast and b.) stop drinking Diet Coke. I'll keep up with the caffeine in other sources, but no fake stuff.

Really glad to hear it works so well for you.. Fantastic!! Just the push I needed to really get started tomorrow.

xo

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